Epiphany does not open pdf files with the Acroread plugin

Bug #43655 reported by David Planella on 2006-05-08
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
epiphany-browser (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

On Breezy, I used to be able to open pdf files in an Epiphany tab or window by clicking on the URL containing the pdf.

The only requirement for that was to have installed the mozilla-acroread and acroread packages, which provided the same functionality to firefox.

However, on the last version of Epiphany this no longer works. Firefox does not seem to have this problem and can open pdfs exactly as before.

Steps to reproduce (it is assumed that mozilla-acroread and acroread have been previously installed):

1. Start epiphany.
2. Go to some website where there is a link to a pdf document.
3. Click on the link or alternatively open the link on a new tab.
4. The current page stays blank forever, and the pdf is not loaded. There is no error message shown.

As a comparison, the bug does not seem to appear in firefox:

1. Start firefox.
2. Go to some website where there is a link to a pdf document.
3. Click on the link or alternatively open the link on a new tab.
4. The pdf document loads in the firefox window or tab as expected.

Sitsofe Wheeler (sitsofe) wrote :

Can you check to see that Epiphany sees the acroread plugin by going to the
address in Epiphany?

Changed in epiphany-browser:
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info

Attached is the generated html page generated on my system when typing about:plugins in Epiphany.

In short, Epiphany seems to see the Adobe Reader plugin, which also seems to be enabled.

Changed in epiphany-browser:
status: Needs Info → Unconfirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thanks for your bug. That works fine for me on dapper with mozilla-acroread installed. Do you use the same package. Do you have an example of url exhibing the issue for you?

Changed in epiphany-browser:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info
David Planella (dpm) wrote :

I've observed this on two different machines already. The main thing these had in common is that they were upgraded from Breezy to Dapper, i.e. none of them had a fresh Dapper install.

I'm using mozilla-acroread 7.0.1-0.0.ubuntu1 on both. For an example URL, just type in the following search string on google: 'test filetype:pdf'. None of the pdf file links returned from the search will load on Epiphany (you will get a blank page), whereas Firefox will open them correctly. Alternatively, use the following URL: www.ncrel.org/info/faq/pdftest.pdf

The only workaround I found for this was to uninstall mozilla-acroread afterwards and use mozplugger+Evince to load pdf's.


David Planella (dpm) wrote :

Closing this, as I'm using Edgy at the moment and I cannot reproduce this bug anymore.

Changed in epiphany-browser:
status: Needs Info → Rejected
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for updating the bug

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