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acroread: ERROR: Cannot find installation directory

August 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

After last apt-get upgrade on squeeze, I started getting this when starting acroread. In case you get this too, edit your /usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/bin/acroread-en and sync the $ver assignment on the top to be the same as your /usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/AcroVersion.

It seems that debian-multimedia acroread packaging is rather broken; the acroread-en script is provided by acroread-debian-files package which has a random 0.version and is not bound to a particular acroread version, but hardcodes this dependency on a particular acroread-data package version.

Christopher Marillat explained to me that acroread in testing has been removed due to CVE issues. If only the implicit dependency of acroread-debian-files would be hardcoded in the packaging system, things wouldn’t break when such things happen.

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  1. August 23rd, 2009 at 19:46 | #1

    I strongly suggest using the officially supported Ubuntu partner repository instead.
    See http://blogs.adobe.com/acroread/2009/04/adobe_reader_now_available_thr.html detailed HowTo.

    Thanks,
    -Varun

  2. pasky
    November 3rd, 2009 at 09:47 | #2

    thanks a lot!

  3. Liam
    April 16th, 2010 at 19:03 | #3

    The worked perfectly for me in Debian squeeze; I needed to change “9.3.1” to “9.3”. Re the comment; I think using an official Ubuntu site might not be a good idea for Debian.

  4. May 16th, 2013 at 11:54 | #4

    You do this to set $ver:

    ver=`cat /usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/AcroVersion`

    This can sync ALWAYS Automatically the version it to whatever inside
    /usr/lib/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/AcroVersion

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