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Old 12-01-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Adobe Acrobat Reader Install Problem

Hello all,

I've installed Adobe Acrobate Reader and the installation seems to been o.k.

It's installed in the following directory:

[root@centos5 Acrobat7.0]# ls -la
total 24
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Dec 1 17:27 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Dec 1 17:27 ..
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 28 2005 bin
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Mar 28 2005 Browser
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Mar 28 2005 Reader
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Mar 28 2005 Resource
[root@centos5 Acrobat7.0]#

With the executable in the following directory:

[root@centos5 bin]# ls -la
total 16
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 28 2005 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Dec 1 17:27 ..
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 5889 Mar 28 2005 acroread
[root@centos5 bin]#

I created a desktop link to it but doesn't seem to work. All I get is a very quick screen of the Adobe logo and it disappears right away.

My command and path statements in the desktop link are as follows:

Command to execute: '/usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread'
Path: /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin

Any help in resolving this problem will be much appreciated.


Last edited by swamprat; 12-01-2007 at 04:55 PM.
Old 12-01-2007, 07:02 PM   #2
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There is (or was) a misformed expression in the acroread script. Execute acroread from the command line and see what the error is. If the error is 'expr: syntax error', then it's the misformed expression. You can fix it by opening acroread in an editor. Look for this line:
echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
Replace it with this line:
echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]*\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
If you get a different error, then post the error. Right now you haven't provided enough information to be able to troubleshoot your problem.
Old 12-01-2007, 07:06 PM   #3
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Try the rpm for Adobe Reader 8. If you prefer to use 7.0.x, then enter the commands to start acroread from a terminal and post back the output.


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