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#1 2014-01-13 07:57:55

canadensis
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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-01-13
Posts: 12

[SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Hello,

I am having problems installing Adobe reader, I need it for a .pdf which will not open it in any of the usual open source readers. I tried downloading the .deb from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/ but the latest version required a later version of libgtk than is installed in wheezy stable.

I fear that I have now broken the package management ...

I then followed https://wiki.debian.org/DebianAMD64Faq by using

dpkg --force-architecture -i AdbeRdr9.4.7-1_i386linux_enu.deb

with the appropriate version nember. This failed due to dependencies ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk.

Trying to install these:

$ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk
[sudo] password for ...
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 ia32-libs-gtk : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable
                 Depends: ia32-libs-gtk-i386 but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
$ 

Any suggestions on fixing the broken packages and installing Adobe reader please?

Thanks,
Bill

Last edited by canadensis (2014-01-15 23:09:32)

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#2 2014-01-13 08:08:19

Snap
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Registered: 2013-10-22
Posts: 567

Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

I need it for a .pdf which will not open it in any of the usual open source readers.

Which ones did you tried?

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#3 2014-01-13 09:07:40

canadensis
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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-01-13
Posts: 12

Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Which ones did you tried?

Thanks Snap, I tried evince, xpdf, okular. xpdf does not open it at all, the other two give me the message:

Please wait...
If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF
viewer may not be able to display this type of document.
You can upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader for Windows®, Mac, or Linux® by
visiting http://www.adobe.com/go/reader_download.
For more assistance with Adobe Reader visit http://www.adobe.com/go/acrreader.

I tried converting it to .ps to look at the code (I seem to remember hacking a .pdf document like this years ago) but the .ps file is not human-readable.

Cheers,
Bill

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#4 2014-01-13 09:17:21

VDP76
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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

hi canadensis,

have you tried to use SumatraPDF!? It is light, essential and FOSS. Even tough it is packaged for win only, it works well in wine.
Also, check my signature for setting up multiarch...

Cheers,
VDP76

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#5 2014-01-13 14:03:33

iann
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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Let's mend things first.  Usually apt-get -f install will do that.

Then, do you actually need the latest version of Adobe?  A slightly older but perfectly functional version is available in Wheezy from the deb-multimedia repo.

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#6 2014-01-15 22:58:18

canadensis
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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-01-13
Posts: 12

Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Thanks Snap, VDP76 and iann for your responses.

VDP76, I tried SumatraPDF (which involved setting up multiarch), but it cannot open the document either. As with evince and okular it opens what looks like a .pdf document in which the it displays the same message I posted above:

Please wait...
If this message is not eventually replaced by ...

iann, apt-get -f install does not make any changes or fix any or my package problems

# apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

I still cannot install the ia32-libs* packages. apt gives me the following unhelpful message:

# sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Solution: I now realise that multi-arch must be set up to install these packages!

So, after a fresh install I added multi-arch and tried the deb-multimedia package. Again this failed, I was able to install acroread but the older version still does not read the document!

The solution is in my next post:

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#7 2014-01-15 23:00:41

canadensis
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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-01-13
Posts: 12

Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

I need the latest version Adobe Reader, which must be downloaded from the Adobe site (URL below). To install this multi-arch must be installed, as well as ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk.

I did the following after a fresh install of Crunchbang (64bit) to check that I have all dependencies covered below. Note that I have enabled the root account - if you have not done this you will need to add 'sudo' to the beginning of these comands:

Add multi-arch support:

# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# apt-get update

Install ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk:

# apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk

this downloads > 70MiB of packages.

Download AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/un … 9.5.5/enu/ (or whatever the latest version is), move to the ~/downloads directory and install:

# dpkg -i AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

This now installs without errors and opens my document  smile

Last edited by canadensis (2014-01-16 04:24:34)

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#8 2014-01-15 23:05:04

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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

^ I am glad you have sorted that out!
Please, mark the thread as [SOLVED] editing the title of your first post... wink

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#9 2014-01-15 23:10:49

canadensis
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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Thanks VDP76, I was just trying to work out how to do that!

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#10 2014-04-18 01:35:25

stevenbhardwaj
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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

Thanks canadensis, your solution in post #7 worked like a charm for me. I was having trouble as a newbie with the .bin file but the .deb find worked out great.

big_smile

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#11 2015-08-18 15:54:26

Arion58
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Registered: 2015-08-18
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Re: [SOLVED] Best way to install Adobe reader?

I just followed these instructions because I had a pdf I couldn't read. It worked fine, just one thing to add: If you want to print the pdf, you will have to install cups-bsd, too.
However, there is a big "BUT": The installation of Adobe Reader needs uninstall of e.g. catfish, obmenu and galculator, what I wasn't aware of! I'll have to try to get them back...

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