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Old 05-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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PDF... how do I open?

I am trying to open a PDF but I keep getting the same era message...

Could not display "/home/user/Downloads/IT193-293_08_Ch04 (5).pdf".

I downloaded adobe reader and used another PDF opener from the software center but to no avail.
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Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

What distro and version (for example Ubuntu 11.04) and desktop (Gnome, KDE, Xfce, ...) are you using? Most of the distros come with a PDF reader included so you should be able to open it just by double clicking it.

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How/where did you get Adobe? ... Doing the install yourself can sometimes be a pain if you do it manually ... I recommend using your distros repository ... Such as I have Dreamlinux (debian) and it uses APT-GET which downloads, and installs programs (and the necessary addons such as Lib files) for me. It takes alot of the work out of the process and so far has been reliable to me.

As EricTRA said, Knowing your Distro and Desktop version will be very helpful. It will let people know what options are available to you, and make sure the information provided to you, actually pertains to what you are doing.

If you do not know what version you are using, Open your terminal and type in:
name@computer:$uname -a
and it should give you something like this:

Linux Lifebook #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Feb 13 20:42:53 EET 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
Just post that and I'm sure help will be on the way. Best of luck!
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What's the output from
file IT193-293_08_Ch04 (5).pdf
Are you sure the file isn't corrupted?

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Old 05-20-2011, 02:53 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by repo View Post
What's the output from
file IT193-293_08_Ch04 (5).pdf
Are you sure the file isn't corrupted?

Kind regards
That command won't work because of all the special characters ("(", ")", and " ").

Use this:

file IT193-293_08_Ch04\ \(5\).pdf
or this:

file 'IT193-293_08_Ch04 (5).pdf'
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