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After upgrading my Debian from testing/unstable to Debian Squeeze. The apt-get utility suggested to remove a couple of packages including the flashlplugin package and acroread
After the package got wiped out as a requirement I was missing the acroread package.
Logically I wanted to get back the package with apt-get intsall acroread
For some weird reason at that time the package was no longer existing for installation. The only packages that I could find with apt-cache search acroread were:
acroread-debian-files – Debian specific parts of Adobe Acrobat Readeracroread-fonts-jpn – Japanese fonts for Adobe acrobat reader
nevertheless none of the two aforementioned was not installable, e.g. whenever I tried to install them I got the some failed dependencies.
After a very prolonged investigation I figured out the whole issues were caused by my debian-multimedia defined package sources in /etc/apt/sources.list file.
My wrongly defined repository for debian-multimedia looked like so:
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze main
However it appears the acroread and acroread-plugins packages are provided by the non-free part of the debian-multimedia repository, therefore I needed to sbustitute the above repo definition as follows:
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org squeeze main non-free
Further on as a last resort to have the Adobe Acroread properly installed and running on my Debian Squeeze it was necessary to execute the following few commands:
debian:~# apt-get update
debian:~# apt-get install acroread acroread-plugins
Now I have my acroread back installed to my debian squeeze system 😉