problems running Acrobat Reader 5

Marc Schwartz MSchwartz at
Wed Nov 12 13:27:06 UTC 2003

On Wed, 2003-11-12 at 02:43, Mirko Streckenbach wrote:
> Hello!
> Has anybody gotten Acrobat Reader 5.08 to work? It crashes
> here on several occasions:
> 1. Crashes with "Abort" on splash screen and about box (fixable by
> setting the locales to non-utf8 variants)
> 2. Hangs oder crashes when opening a document, pressing ctrl-f,
> entering a search term which is not in the document, after closing
> the dialog where is says "not found".
> The first bug of course is easily handled by modifying the startup
> script, but the second bug is really annoying and makes the problem
> practically unusable.
> I've tried setting LD_ASSUME_KERNEL to the various values and running
> it with libraries from RedHat 7.1 where the same binary works fine but
> none of this helped.
> Acrobat Reader 4.05 does not have this problem, however there are some
> security issues with this version only fixed in 5.x.
> xpdf/gpdf/gv are no real alternatives, as they still have problems
> displaying certain documents and miss some convenience features
> (thumbnails etc.).
> I'd be very thankful for any hint how to solve this problem.
> Yours,
> Mirko Streckenbach

I have had no problems running this version of Acrobat.

I made the following add to the acroread script in

export LANG=C

right under the install_dir line.

It sounds like you have already done that, so I am not sure what else
may be wrong.


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