I'm getting acroread instead of evince even though it says it's going to use evince

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at comcast.net
Mon Jan 23 14:35:14 UTC 2012

On 01/23/2012 05:57 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 23 January 2012 10:44, Chris Green<cl at isbd.net>  wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 07:42:07PM +0000, Liam Proven wrote:
>>> On 22 January 2012 15:50, Chris Green<cl at isbd.net>  wrote:
>>>> When I click on a .pdf file in a web page Firefox tells me it's loading
>>>> it and beside the selected 'Open with' button it says "/usr/bin/evince
>>>> (default)" but if I then click the OK button the file gets opened in
>>>> acroread.
>>>> /usr/bin/evince is installed and works perfectly OK.
>>>> How do I get Firefox to use evince?
>>> Are pages opening inside Firefox or is it spawning a new separate process?
>>> Adobe Reader has a plugin; Evince doesn't. If Acroread is installed,
>>> Firefox will use the plugin rather than an external program - *I
>>> believe.*
>> I've turned the plugin off,
> Ah. I think you had not mentioned that before?
>> for two reasons, firstly I prefer the PDF to
>> appear in a separate window
> That seems odd to me, but OK.
>> and secondly it quite often doesn't work and
>> simply produces a blank (often black) window in Firefox.
> That seems strange and might suggest that you have a separate problem.

I see this on a regular basis.  I could usually view 1 or2 pdf's and 
then I would get the black screen.  Restarting Firefox would allow me to 
view another couple but then the black screen again. After a lot of 
googling and finding no good answers my solution was the same as the OP's.

Regards,  Jim

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