cannot install downloaded adobe viewer

Asked by jwbfre on 2009-03-28

Binary package hint: firefox-3.0

Cannot install this download:
The install window does not pop up after the download completes.
There is no yellow bar with which to edit preferences.
Ubuntu version 8.10

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
Package: firefox-3.0 3.0.8+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.10.2
SourcePackage: firefox-3.0
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-11-generic i686

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This question was originally filed as bug #350582.

jwbfre (jwbfre) said : #1
Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) said : #2

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Tony Pursell (ajpursell) said : #3

Ubuntu has its own Document Viewer. It should open PDFs when you double click them. Doesn't it do what you want? If it does, then you don't need the Adobe Reader.

If this answers your problem, please mark it as Solved


I never used acroread, the default pdf document viewer for Ubuntu is Evince, but if you need or you want to install it... is better you use medibuntu repository... (read below)


Play mp3 and dvd under Ubuntu install skype googleearth acroread and other stuffs using Medibuntu

First please install

You need to have extra repositories enabled..

Please first enable the universe and multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]

enable "Community-maintained Open Source software ( universe )"
enable "Proprietary drivers for devices ( restricted )"
enable "Software restrictecd by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"

Close and confirm the repository reload.

Type the following command in a terminal (applications → accessories → terminal)

sudo aptitude install vlc smplayer mplayer

To get better dvd playback and optional packages here the medibuntu available software list
you need to add the medibuntu repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
( here the medibuntu howto but see below )

In short type or better copy and paste the rows, below one row a time then press enter:

ubu_codename=$(sudo lsb_release -c | cut -d: -f 2 | sed 's/^[ \t]*//;s/[ \t]*$//')
sudo wget$ubu_codename.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update

Now to install, type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras libxine1-ffmpeg
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2 regionset gnome-mplayer
sudo aptitude install non-free-codecs w32codecs
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

You can also install other Medibuntu repository provided optional software :

sudo apt-get install skype
sudo apt-get install googleearth
sudo apt-get install acroread

Hope this helps

Cruncher (ubuntu-wkresse) said : #5

Download the .deb package instead:
You may be able to install that with double click. If not, it will definitely install using a terminal and this command:
sudo dpkg -i AdbeRdr9.1.0-1_i386linux_enu.deb

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