firefox not using acroread

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Sat Dec 15 15:45:06 UTC 2012

On Saturday 15 December 2012 10:23:53 Nils Kassube did opine:

> Gene Heskett wrote:
> > 10.04.4 32 bit here.
> > 
> > How can I convince firefox to use acroread?
> Install the adobe reader from the Canonical repository, if you haven't
> done it already.

Past tense as in nearly 2 years ago, plus 2 or 3 updates since.

> Then edit the firefox preferences section
> "Applications". For the content type "PDF-Document" select the action
> "Use Adobe reader 9 (default)".

There was not a PDF-Document line, but there was a "Portable Document 
Format (PDF)" line that was set to "view in firefox".  How it got that way 
I haven't a clue.  I'll likely need to read one yet today, so we'll see if 
setting it back (and I had to open the Other dialog and go find the 
/usr/bin/acroread link, which it than marked as (default)).  Go figure... 

> > Or if the reader has too
> > many security flaws, can this one be switched to one that actually
> > works?
> You could try Okular.

Even that would beat this "Preview in Firefox" thing to a non-viable pulp. 
It is a bit odd, but ISTR it, like Acroread Just Works(TM).  But it is a 
name whose funny spelling means that I can't remember it long enough to go 
refill my coffee cup.  One of the things I learned in school 70 some years 
ago, was how to spell most stuff.

Thanks, Nils, I think this may have fixed it.

Cheers, Gene
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