How to install adobe acroread on Debian Squeeze

Thursday, 10th March 2011

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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 😉

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5 Responses to “How to install adobe acroread on Debian Squeeze”

  1. Memnonsays:
    Firefox 3.5.3 Firefox 3.5.3 Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20090824 Firefox/3.5.3 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    Thx alot! 😉

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  2. Damon Levysays:
    Firefox 3.8 Firefox 3.8 Ubuntu 9.25 Ubuntu 9.25
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; it-IT; rv:1.9.0.2) Gecko/2008092313 Ubuntu/9.25 (jaunty) Firefox/3.8

    I thng your issues aren’t as advanced as I had hoped.

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  3. Blaze Morgansays:
    Firefox 3.5.3 Firefox 3.5.3 Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; de; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20090824 Firefox/3.5.3 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    I thng your issues aren’t as advanced as I had hoped.

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  4. maulapisays:
    Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/537.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/23.0.1271.97 Safari/537.11

    If you read in some blogs you find you must put deb-multimedia instead of debian-multimedia in your repository.

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