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Old 05-15-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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Newb and Adobe Reader 7.0

Could some kind soul please instruct this NEWB as to how to specifically go about installing ADOBE READER 7.0 on Linux Mandriva?

Please put these instructions in a step by step (baby steps?) manner so even I can understand them.

I have Mandriva S.E. setup now where I can do most anything I can do in Windows with a few exceptions.

Mandrake/Mandriva is very Newb friendly and I seem to have very little trouble installing software/packages through the Control Center.
I have even added "Easy Urpmi" along with several other "sources" to choose packages, bugfixes, and updates from!

My problem is.. I have extreme difficulty when adding a third party`s software..... due solely to my own ignorance!
I download something... dont know where it goes, and then dont know what to do when I locate it.
Ive tried to GOOGLE and read posts from forums like this , but I am just overwhelmed by the sheer volume of info including many that are NO longer valid due to recent software revisions, updates, and distro`s etc.

I`m very pleased with Mandrake (Mandriva S.E.) eagerly awaiting the day I truly know what I`m doing, and can dump Windows .

Thanks in advance

Old 05-16-2005, 12:11 AM   #2
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If its the rpm you downloaded, then you need to[list=1][*]Start a terminal emulator (konsole or gnome-termnal)[*]Change to the directory where you downloaded the rpm e.g.
$cd downloads/rpm
[*]switch to root by doing
and enter your password[*]Install the rpm as follows
rpm -Uvh Adobe*
[*]When the installation is done exit from the terminal (type exit)[/list=1]
Old 05-16-2005, 12:54 AM   #3
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As far as i know, Adobe Reader comes as a binary in a tarball.

1) When you download the file, run the command (In a terminal)
tar -xzvf name.tar.gz
2) There should be several files created in your current directory. One is called README (It is good to read this, as it explains what to do). Another file is called INSTALL. Log in as root (su) Run the following command in a terminal:
It should prompt you where to install it to. I suggest /usr/local/acrobat.

3) When the installer is finished, the command to start acrobat will be "/usr/local/acrobat/bin/acroread".

4) I suggest you now create a symbolic link, so you don't have to type the full path all the time. As root:
ln -s /usr/local/acrobat/bin/acroread /usr/bin
Post back here if you have any problems
Old 05-16-2005, 01:51 AM   #4
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Get the rpm package and do what reddazz said. When you go to the download page off of Adobe's the platform drop down list...choose Linux(.rpm) and then you'll be good to go.
Old 05-18-2005, 12:01 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help guys, but I still have No clue.... and NO joy here!
I still really dont know what I`m doing, but have managed to download Adobe Reader_enu-7.0.0-2.i386.rpm to my File:/home/matt/tmp folder.
I double click the .rpm (34.7 MB) and it asks if I want to save or install. I click INSTALL (after giving my password) and it then comes back
and says "The package(s) are already installed"!!! I cant find it, and when I try to open a .pdf it asks... with what application! Duh!

Bear with this NEWB a bit more and maybe I`ll see the light. If I can just get past this 3rd. party download installation problem, I think I might understand what I cant express I do NOT yet know.

Thanks again
Old 05-18-2005, 12:37 AM   #6
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Whe it says with what application, like in windows, you browse the application folder for the executable(in this case, it is acroread). acroread is probably installed in /usr/local/someplace. Just browse for the acroread executable and associate pdf to acroread.
Old 05-18-2005, 11:53 AM   #7
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Thanks guys! I`ve managed to stumble my way into finally being able to read my first .pdf !!!
Many thanks to this group, and its members willing to come to the aid of this NEWBIE.
I feel like if I can do this, anyone with the desire, persistance and oh yeah *HELP*, can also!
It does take some success however, to further the desire to persist!
Linux seems to be the direction / way for me to go now.



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