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    Exclamation What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    It is enough of an nuisance that every time you upgrade you have to remember to explicitly re-install acroread, but now with 11.2 you have gone and disabled the thing and left *NO* alternatives!

    $ ( acroread Violin.pdf &)
    $ ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/lib/suse-do-not-grab-server.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/lib/suse-do-not-grab-server.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
    $ env|fgrep PRELOAD
    $ type acroread
    acroread is /usr/bin/acroread

    That is completely nuts. The only other PDF viewer was xpdf-poplar, whatever that is. Once I figured out that "xpdf-poplar" was not really the program but the package name and guessed out that "xpdf" was what I wanted, all I needed to do was to guess at which print command would make it happy to print. Fortunately, I remembered that "lpr" sends stuff to the line printer. I mean Laser Printer.


    FOLKS: the Adobe company is not evil. If I say I want the stuff that does not have politically correct licenses, and I want to mess with documentation stuff, then far more likely than not, I really want an acroread that actually works. I do not want some programming project code that requires me to know which obtuse print command is going to make it happy.


    Rant over. Now, to my question: why is acroread broken?

    P.S. I also tried xv, but the text was completely illegible.

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    Default Re: What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    It is enough of an nuisance that every time you upgrade you have to remember to explicitly re-install acroread, but now with 11.2 you have gone and disabled the thing and left *NO* alternatives!
    Its still available. Have you tried looking here?

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    Couple of versions available.

    Many of us prefer okular.

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    Default Re: What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    Quote Originally Posted by bkorb View Post
    It is enough of an nuisance that every time you upgrade you have to remember to explicitly re-install acroread, but now with 11.2 you have gone and disabled the thing and left *NO* alternatives!
    I do not have a solution to your problem, but this " *NO* alternatives! " assertion is either subjective, or inaccurate.

    Go to YaST > Software > Software Management and under search also add the criteria "description". Then type "pdf" in the search field. You will see that there is also "okular" and "evince" in addition to "acroread".

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    Default Re: What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    You're not trying to install via tarball rather than openSUSE RPM with package manager by any chance?

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    Default Re: What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    You're not trying to install via tarball rather than openSUSE RPM with package manager by any chance?
    deano_ferrai, I think thats an interesting deduction and it has me wondering if that is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkorb View Post
    It is enough of an nuisance that every time you upgrade you have to remember to explicitly re-install acroread,
    left me totally puzzled.

    I've never had to explicitly re-install acroread except when doing a clean install and moving from one openSUSE version to another.

    In truth, from what I saw reference to sometime back on the openSUSE mailing lists, acrocread is very close to being completely removed from the openSUSE distribution as a Novell packaged rpm, as the replacements (okular and evince) in the openSUSE community are considered by some to be more than adequate.

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    Default Re: What has happened to PDF viewers??????

    In truth, from what I saw reference to sometime back on the openSUSE mailing lists, acrocread is very close to being completely removed from the openSUSE distribution as a Novell packaged rpm, as the replacements (okular and evince) in the openSUSE community are considered by some to be more than adequate.
    I only ever use it with Windows/Vista environments. Okular is my preferred pdf reading app.

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