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Old 02-10-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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How do you install from a tarball?

I'm very new at this and I'm having troubling installing the Linux version of Acrobat Reader on my computer. I've untarred the thing, ran the INSTALL shell script, accepted the user agreement, and set the install directory. I can see that it seems to have installed it to usr/local/Adobe. But now I don't know how to run the program. Apparently there are no .exes in Linux??? So how do I execute a program? There's a bin file in the Adobe/bin folder, but it doesn't do anything when I click on it.
Old 02-10-2004, 12:46 PM   #2
Linus VanPelt
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Can you run Adobe from the command line? If you pull up a terminal and type "adobe" or "acrobat" does the program launch?

Installations can sometimes be unpredictable, so I check in /usr/bin, /usr/local, and /usr/share just to make sure. /usr/share/Adobe should be your installation directory where all your makefiles reside, not where the actual executable resides.

You can also try using your graphic file manager program and searching for "adobe" or "acrobat"
Old 02-10-2004, 01:21 PM   #3
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Well I finally did find an executable in the file:/usr/local/Acrobat5/Reader/intellinux/bin/ folder. But it gives me an error "couldn't find the program acroread". Not surprisingly, the Adobe website only offers support for Mac and Windows.
Old 02-10-2004, 01:34 PM   #4
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Filesystem Hierarchy Standard requires executables (or links to) to be placed in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin...
In a shell, try typing "acro" and then <tab> to see possible completions.

PS: did you run setup as root or as normal user?
PS2: in unix, any kind of file can be marked as executable, both binary and text. Most scripts will have a #!/somepath as the first line to specify an interpreter to run them.


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