Adobe Acrobat Reader(Under construction)


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. Read the INSTGUID.TXT. Choose an installation directory, e.g. /usr/lpp/Acrobat3 or similar locations, e.g. /opt/Acrobat3.
Then, for example:
cd /usr/Adobe/acrobat
./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:
   cd /tmp/
   zcat acrobat.aix-5011.tar.Z | tar -xvf -
# or:   
   gunzip -c /tmp/osfrstar.gz | tar -xvf -
Then run the delivered installation script ./INSTALL (or similar). On prompt for the destination directory one may specify e.g.: /usr/local/Acrobat5 or similar locations, e.g. /opt/Acrobat5.
In a similar fashion extra fonts are handled.
For convenience:
   ln -s /opt/Acrobat5/bin/acroread /opt/bin/acroread
   # or
   cd /opt/bin
   ln -s ../Acrobat5/bin/acroread acroread
or put it into the command path:
   export PATH=/usr/local/Acrobat5/bin:$PATH
Note: It may be necessary to adapt the install_dir in the acroread script, especially for remotely mounted filesystems, for example:
   install_dir=`dirname $0`/../Reader

Note: The acroread script 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:
# change:
    case "$os_release" in
      4.*|5.*)
# to:
    case "$os_release" in
      4.*|5.*|6.*|7.*)

Versions 7

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 Mozilla Firefox. Moreover, Acrobat tries to install browser plug-ins, so it is advisable to install Firefox (and/or other browsers) prior to Acrobat.
The message
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 gdbm. The ssl version needs in addition libssl and libcrypto
(Pfffh! Shared library crap at its worst :-((
Installation example for AIX:
cd /tmp/
gunzip -c AdbeRdr709_aix_enu.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
cd AdobeReader
Run delivered script ./INSTALL, it will ask for an installation directory.
Note that the installation optionally introduces a browser plugin (/usr/mozilla/base/plugins/nppdf.so) which requires Acrobat 7 to be in the command PATH, otherwise the browser won't be able to handle PDFs.
The plugin nppdf.so resides in the Browser/rs6000aix subdirectory of the Acrobat installation directory.

HP-UX 11.x

Add shared libraries:
export SHLIB_PATH=$SHLIB_PATH:/opt/gtk2.6/lib/

Last update: 28-Jan-2014, M.Kraemer