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    Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    Hey, guys! I'm new at Linux Distributions and I decided to start with the classical Ubuntu. But I'm facing a problem installing my Adobe Acrobat Reader. I've installed following the instructions coming from this site:


    https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/how-to...der-on-ubuntu/


    But when I finished it and started the app, it doesn't initialize, no matter how many times I click on it's shortcut. By the way, I've used the file extension .deb with his command dpkg to install it; the instructions from that website were followed until the setup of architecture i386 with sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386. After that, when I tried to install the Adobe PDF using sudo dpkg -i adobe.deb, it went through an error about dependencies and something about i386; for this, I've used the command sudo apt install -f to correct all dependencies and then I've got success in sudo dpkg -i adobe.deb.
    Any solution (I know that there is...) please let me know!

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    Did you notice that that article was written fro Ubuntu Hirsute 21.04? And the package was for Arch i386? I lot of those libraries aren't there anymore...

    What do you need in a pdf app? There are a lot of current, modern alternatives to that now.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    Should install fine, all those listed i386 packages are still built for Ubuntu up to at least 23.10.
    (That also includes all depends those have as well)

    Not sure if the OP did it, but you need to run sudo apt update after running the dpkg --add-architecture i386 command.
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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    Well, about i386 architecture I've notice that, but I thought if my architecture is x86_64 / amd64 it would work correctly since it's compatible with 32 bits. Please correct me if I'm wrong. The ubuntu's version I didn't notice, however I also couldn't find about its version in that article, where can I find?.
    So, what I need in a Pdf App, if you're going to suggest me a better software, is a simple and stable app that saves my last opened pdfs. Like, if I open these pdfs: MagicOfOz.pdf, JavaSpecification.pdf and CrimeAndPunishment.pdf, I need to, when I close the app, the next use of it will restore these files where I've stopped.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Should install fine, all those listed i386 packages are still built for Ubuntu up to at least 23.10.
    (That also includes all depends those have as well)

    Not sure if the OP did it, but you need to run sudo apt update after running the dpkg --add-architecture i386 command.
    Strange... So I'm going to reinstall it and see if it works. If not' I'm going to change the PDF app that I will use.
    Also about sudo apt update I've done that after the dpkg --add-architecure i386., but, as we saw, it didn't start the app.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    If you are not doing so, try to start the program from the terminal. If there is a missing library, it will output an error message. Like this game:

    Code:
    dmn@Sydney:~/games/thomasLinuxStandalone$ ./thomasWasAlone
    ./thomasWasAlone: error while loading shared libraries: libGLU.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    Then you have to find the package that supplies the needed library using Ubuntu Package Search:
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/

    and install it.

    Then repeat.

    By the way, the "add-architecture" is no longer necessary (in olden times, it used to be). You were correct that 32-bit support is already there. To verify:
    From my U 23.10:

    Code:
    dmn@Kayleigh:~$ dpkg --print-foreign-architectures
    i386
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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    You are aware that that is version 9.5 of Acrobat Reader ? That's more than 12 years old. Adobe stopped supporting Linux a long time ago. You're probably better of using something - anything - else for working with pdf.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    I need to, when I close the app, the next use of it will restore these files where I've stopped.
    If this is the feature you're looking for, the default Document Viewer does this. To be sure, I opened a pdf document, browsed to page 10, then closed it. Opened it again, and it opened to page 10 where I left off.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    I remember (for Linux) when Adobe changed Acrobat Reader from free to non-free. And that, with that last free version, we kept installing it until I started to wonder if it was wise to use something so old. The copyrights on it are dated 1984-2010...

    That version of Acrobat Reader worked well for many years, for what it was... I just spun up a VM of Ubuntu Mate 22.04 LTS and it installed and runs fine. (See screenshot.)

    Since then, there are many PDF Readers and Editors that are free and work very well.

    EDIT:
    If you look at the photo's in the article, when it did an update to refresh the apt cache, look at the release it displayed of the repo's. That is what gave it away as being for Hirsute. That is a giveaway, and a reminder...

    There are many articles out on the web that are out there for almost forever. If you look for things to do, pay attention to those details to give clues if something may be current or not. Just because something was once possible, and it was once published, doesn't mean it necessarily is current for what you have now. This one still works. But please be careful of that in the future.

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    Re: Adobe Reader doesn't initialize

    https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-insta...ellyfish-linux

    Please read the warning here. The version you are going to be able to install is from 2013.

    I wouldn't bother.....

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