cannot run Adobe Reader

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Sun Nov 25 09:50:53 UTC 2012

On Sun, 2012-11-25 at 10:28 +0100, Josep Pujadas i Jubany wrote:
> 2012/11/25 Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at>
>         On Sun, 2012-11-25 at 00:03 +0000, David King wrote:
>         > I installed Adobe Reader 9.5.1, but it will not run.
>         >
>         > The output I get from the CLI is:
>         >
>         > $ acroread
>         > /opt/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error
>         while loading
>         > shared libraries: cannot open shared object
>         file: No
>         > such file or directory
>         >
>         >
>         > I checked in Synaptic and libxml2 is installed.
>         >
>         > I am running Ubuntu Studio 12.04
>         >
>         > So why is my Adobe Reader not working? I tried uninstalling
>         it,
>         > downloading it again from the Adobe site, and reinstalling,
>         but it did
>         > not help.
>         >
>         >
>         > David K
>         Perhaps an multi-architecture issue? Do you run an Ubuntu
>         Studio amd64
>         install? If so, is libxml2:i386 installed?
>         Is Adobe reader needed for something? I'm not dogmatic, I use
>         proprietary software myself, but only if needed. Why do you
>         want Adobe
>         reader?
> 1. Update your sources, sudo apt-get update
> 2. Install gdebi package
> 3. Install AcroRead .deb package using gdebi. This should look for
> your dependencies.
> 4. sudo nspluginwrapper
> -i /opt/Adobe/Reader9/Browser/intellinux/
> 5. BUG. ~/C:\nppdf32Log\debuglog.txt is created when using AcroRead
> into Firefox.
> 6. BUG for 1024x600. With alacarte modify your menu entry putting env
> UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= acroread instead acroread
> I made this some months ago. But now I'm not usually using AcroRead. I
> prefer evince (default program for PDF files). It's faster, free...
> Josep Pujadas-Jubany

I don't know the current state of 12.04, perhaps it's as terribly broken
as 12.10 is.

If alacarte shouldn't do what it should do try the following.

I got rid of many issues by deleting ~/.cache.

On Xubuntu mailing list somebody mentioned
"I found a bug for this.  It is specific to Xubuntu.  alacarte writes
the menu file to the wrong name on Xubuntu. I just copied my
~/.config/menus/ file to file
and it now works fine."

I didn't test that until now, I'll test FreeBSD and look out for Linux
solutions without X. Nowadays it takes 3 seconds for startup, but 30
seconds to open an email.

Desktop environments for both Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu 12.10 are a PITA
on my machine, following other mailing lists, this is for Debian and
Arch Linux also an issue.

If the reader should be used to read PDF files only, then I also
recommend to use an open source application, but perhaps the proprietary
thingy is able to do something else.


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