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    Adobe reader not working on 64bit PC

    adobe reader not working on 64bit
    I'm returning to Linux after several years, so I'm a semi-newbie with this OS.

    I've had trouble installing Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 12.10. My PC is a 64-bit model and I tried the two command strings below. I don't understand the message I keep getting, because the .bin file should be in clear view. During my last attempt, I tried installing the Reader in the Desktop directory, with the following results:

    roy@roy-EP45-UD3L:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get install AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    [sudo] password for roy:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin'

    roy@roy-EP45-UD3L:~/Desktop$ apt-get install AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?


    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

    Roy

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    Re: Adobe reader not working on 64bit PC

    Are you looking to open PDF files in Ubuntu?
    If so - just double click on the PDF file - Ubuntu includes a PDF reader by default.

    Else, if you need functions that only Adobe Reader can provide...

    1. Open the Software Center
    2. Go to Edit -> Software Sources
    3. Click on the 'Other Software' tab
    4. Put a checkmark beside the two entries that say 'Canonical Partners', and click close
    5. Open a terminal, and run
      Code:
      sudo apt-get update
      (your password is invisible)
    6. run
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install acroread

    and Adobe acrobat should be installed .

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    Re: Adobe reader not working on 64bit PC

    I think acroread is not present in Ubuntu 12.10.

    To install the AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin file,

    first go to the folder the file is in,

    Code:
    cd Downloads
    where Downloads is the "Downloads" folder. [other examples -
    cd ~/Desktop where Desktop is the file location]

    make .bin file as executable

    Code:
    chmod +x AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    install the file (you may need to use "sudo" command because it installs to /opt/ folder.)

    Code:
    sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin

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    Re: Adobe reader not working on 64bit PC

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Are you looking to open PDF files in Ubuntu?
    If so - just double click on the PDF file - Ubuntu includes a PDF reader by default
    Very few people should run Adobe tools anymore due to security issues. https://krebsonsecurity.com/tag/adobe-reader/ Adobe reader is one of the top 2 attack vectors used to compromise computers around the world. Best to avoid using it at all. BTW, Java is the other.

    There are good alternatives to Adobe Reader/Acrobat on every platform, including Linux. If you search these forums, you will find those alternatives. For creating PDFs, LibreOffice is pretty good. For marking up PDFs, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1609430 has some suggestions with pros/cons for each.

    You might want to review http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2079447 which describes dependency issues with Adobe Reader on x64 Ubuntu.
    A .bin file usually means it includes an installer. For most people, directly installing a tool is a bad idea, because it doesn't become managed by the package management system on Ubuntu. That means YOU will need to manually patch that program from now on. Using the apt-get instructions above would be highly, highly, highly recommended over manually handling software updates. For many people, this is the #1 reason to switch to Linux - much simplified package, patch and application management.

    Many Windows programs work well under WINE too. I use Free PDF-Xchange (Win version)this way and routinely markup PDFs to be shared with others.
    Last edited by TheFu; February 25th, 2013 at 07:16 PM. Reason: Use APT, not manual installs.

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    Re: Adobe reader not working on 64bit PC

    Quote Originally Posted by mgngapyin View Post
    I think acroread is not present in Ubuntu 12.10.

    To install the AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin file,

    first go to the folder the file is in,

    Code:
    cd Downloads
    where Downloads is the "Downloads" folder. [other examples -
    cd ~/Desktop where Desktop is the file location]

    make .bin file as executable

    Code:
    chmod +x AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    install the file (you may need to use "sudo" command because it installs to /opt/ folder.)

    Code:
    sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.4-1_i486linux_enu.bin
    Many thanks! This worked the first time.

    Roy

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