Adobe Acrobat Reader
Version 3 (from IBM for AIX)
Comes as a collection of
archives and an installation script, unpacked or pre-installed e.g. in
/usr/Adobe/acrobat, from which the installation script has to be run.
Choose an installation directory, e.g.
/usr/lpp/Acrobat3 or similar locations, e.g.
Then, for example:
./INSTALL # answer questions, e.g. install into /opt/Acrobat3
cd /opt/bin # assuming a common location for all local binaries
ln -s ../Acrobat3/bin/acroread acroread
acroread # give it a try: browse reader.pdf
Versions 3, 4, 5 (from Adobe)
Comes as a packed archive, which has to be unpacked first,
preferably into some temporary location, e.g.
/tmp, for example:
zcat acrobat.aix-5011.tar.Z | tar -xvf -
gunzip -c /tmp/osfrstar.gz | tar -xvf -
Then run the delivered installation script
On prompt for the destination directory one may specify e.g.:
/usr/local/Acrobat5 or similar locations, e.g.
In a similar fashion extra fonts are handled.
ln -s /opt/Acrobat5/bin/acroread /opt/bin/acroread
ln -s ../Acrobat5/bin/acroread acroread
or put it into the command path:
Note: It may be necessary to adapt the
install_dir in the
especially for remotely mounted filesystems, for example:
prevents running Acrobat on OS versions newer than the ones
available at release time, although the binary most probably would run.
To fix this, modify in
Acrobat5/bin/acroread for example:
case "$os_release" in
case "$os_release" in
Needs about 240MB free space.
Needs GTK+ libraries 2.x, which in turn need:
libpng libtiff libjpeg glib2 atk pango gettext freetype2 libfontconfig.a libfreetype.a libexpat.a
These are (almost) the same as needed by
Acrobat tries to install browser plug-ins,
so it is advisable to install Firefox (and/or other browsers)
prior to Acrobat.
There was an error while loading the plug-in 'PPKLite.api'.
The plug-in fail to initialize.
is caused by missing
openldap-2.0.21 (or higher),
which in turn needs
db and possibly
ssl version needs in addition
(Pfffh! Shared library crap at its worst :-((
Installation example for AIX:
gunzip -c AdbeRdr709_aix_enu.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
Run delivered script
./INSTALL, it will ask for an installation
Note that the installation optionally introduces
a browser plugin (
which requires Acrobat 7 to be in the command
otherwise the browser won't be able to handle PDFs.
nppdf.so resides in the
Browser/rs6000aix subdirectory of the Acrobat installation
Add shared libraries:
Last update: 28-Jan-2014,