deb http://debian-multimedia.org squeeze main in "/etc/apt/sources.list", but
wajig update && wajig install acroread results in:
E: Package ‘acroread’ has no installation candidate
What’s happening? Are there alternative repos?
NOTE: The 9.x branch of reader has been EOL'd as of June 26, 2013. If you need native Adobe Reader support on Linux, 9.x is your only option! 10 doesn't list Linux as being supported, and likely never will. More on it too here: Adobe abandons Linux.
Many may question the relevance of needing Adobe Reader but there are several use cases that the open source versions of reading tools simply do not provide. Signing documents, filling out forms, and printing are just a few of these use cases where your only option is to use Adobe Reader!
To install Adobe Reader on Wheezy or higher you can use the following steps.
Step #1 - Download
Adobe maintains all the official versions of Adobe Reader on their FTP site so you can simply go there and download the latest version, packaged as a
If you go to the 2nd URL above you'll get to a page that looks like this:
From this page you can select whatever happens to be the latest version of Reader at the time you're attempting to do this. For this example we'll be downloading 9.5.5, so we select that link.
This will take us to another page with the link, "enu". This denotes that we're downloading the English version of the tool. Apparently they only offer the package in this language. I'm not 100% on this particular point, but no matter, we press on.
At this point we should be at this URL:
From here we can download the
After doing this we should have the file,
Step #2 - Installation
The file we just downloaded is the 32-bit version of Adobe Reader. Adobe only provides Reader as a 32-bit binary, there is no 64-bit variant, but this is perfectly fine, we just need to install it a bit differently than most
NOTE: Adobe installs Acrobat Reader in
The problem is that you have just added
Traditionally, even in third-party repos,
Note: This answer installs from the same repository which use to be at www.debian-multimedia.org, but has now renamed its domain to www.deb-multimedia.org. For more information on why this happened (and why this repository is no longer considered part of Debian), please see - http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-multimedia-maintainers/2012-May/026678.html
I am running Jessie, here is how I get adobe reader to work. The process should be very similar for Wheezy. I see no need to download from the Adobe website, as the
You can replace
If you do not want to use any of the other www.debian-multimedia.org repository packages, you can give a lower priority than the Debian packages of the same name by adding the following lines to the top of
To make www.debian-multimedia.org a trusted source, you can install its keyring package:
If you are running 64-bit, you may need to add the
And to add it:
Installation is as simple as:
Now the problem that I have with running
One way to get around this is to use the following script to run
If you put this in
For those who are not comfortable adding the script (or who just want a quick way to do it), you can copy and paste the following into a terminal to add the fix:
An alternative workaround is to do what is suggested here - http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1754:
This is may be a better option if you want to try to get the browser plugin to work, although the
The easiest way would be to take the package for Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) and install that instead. LMDE is based on and 100% compatible with Debian testing. You can safely mix LMDE and Debian repositories on a single system.
So, since LMDE packages acroread, you can install it by adding their repo to your
Once you have added that line, update the sources and install:
LMDE is 100% compatible with Debian, not Ubuntu, this solution works for Debian but may or may not work for Ubuntu.
For LMDE, I install with