Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 not available in Trusty/Saucy repositories

Bug #1262924 reported by Christopher M. Penalver on 2013-12-19
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Bug Description

lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (development branch)
Release: 14.04

apt-cache policy acroread
acroread:
  Installed: 9.5.5-1raring1
  Candidate: 9.5.5-1raring1
  Version table:
 *** 9.5.5-1raring1 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

What is expected to happen in a new install of either Xubuntu Saucy or Trusty, is acroread is available once the Partner repository is enabled.

What happens instead is it's not available as per https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread .

WORKAROUND: In Saucy, a work around is to install the deb files from Precise.

WORKAROUND: In Trusty, install wine1.7 from Wine PPA https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ppa and install Adobe Reader 9.5.0 Windows 7 English from www.adobe.com/reader.

Attempted failed work arounds for Trusty amd64:
1) It crashes consistently Installing package nspluginwrapper, then download and install:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread/9.5.5-1raring1/+build/4580418/+files/acroread_9.5.5-1raring1_amd64.deb
http://launchpadlibrarian.net/139929201/acroread-bin_9.5.5-1raring1_i386.deb

or:
http://launchpadlibrarian.net/139929201/acroread-bin_9.5.5-1raring1_i386.deb
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread/9.5.5-1raring1/+build/4580419/+files/acroread_9.5.5-1raring1_i386.deb

2) Download the file from www.adobe.com/reader and attempt to run it:
sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin
sudo: ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin: command not found

3) Attempted to download Adobe provided .deb from:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

acroread
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

apt-cache policy adobereader-enu
adobereader-enu:i386:
  Installed: 9.5.5
  Candidate: 9.5.5
  Version table:
 *** 9.5.5 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

drs305 (drs305) wrote :

I just installed the daily build of Trusty amd64 and downloaded the Acrobat deb file from Adobe. I have not installed Wine.

Acrobat failed to run until I copied the libstdc... and libxml2.so... (files & links) from an earlier version of Ubuntu. These files are located in the previous installation's /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu folder. If you start acroread from a terminal you can see which files are missing as it attempts to start.

I consider this a temporary solution until the proper - and most likely more recent - files are included in Trusty as it gets closer to release.

drs305 (drs305) wrote :

Sorry, I just saw this was a duplicate bug report.

I have a feeling that there is an issue with newer library's installing dep's from :i386 into a multiarch system allows the adobe provided deb to run. But am having issues with Signed forms (in particular a Canadian Government visa application).

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/kits/forms/IMM5257B_1.PDF

acroread loads then crashes out with the error:

terminate called after throwing an instance of '_miExceptionInfo'

It doesn't do this on all pdfs with form data just some.

see:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1400128

I guess the only workable solution is use it under Wine or install an raring chroot.

Joel Wirāmu Pauling, you would also want to file a WISHLIST bug report against the package evince to request for support to this, via a terminal:
ubuntu-bug evince

Please feel free to subscribe me to the new report.

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