Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 not available in Trusty/Saucy repositories

Bug #1262924 reported by Christopher M. Peñalver
This bug affects 15 people
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acroread (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

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

apt-cache policy 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 .

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

WORKAROUND: In Trusty, install wine1.7 from Wine PPA and install Adobe Reader 9.5.0 Windows 7 English from

Attempted failed work arounds for Trusty amd64:
1) It crashes consistently Installing package nspluginwrapper, then download and install:


2) Download the file from 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:

Segmentation fault (core dumped)

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

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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 (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.

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drs305 (drs305) wrote :

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

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Joel Wirāmu Pauling (aenertia) (aenertia) wrote :

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).

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.


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

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Christopher M. Peñalver (penalvch) wrote :

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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