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

Chris Green cl at isbd.net
Mon Jan 23 10:44:45 UTC 2012

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, for two reasons, firstly I prefer the PDF to
appear in a separate window and secondly it quite often doesn't work and
simply produces a blank (often black) window in Firefox.

> If you disable or remove the plugin, then it will be down to 2
> external programs and the mechanism of choosing which, or setting the
> default, should work.
That was the problem, although Firefox seemed to think that evince was
still the default, it wasn't.

Chris Green

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