[K12OSN] OT: Set adobe acroread as default for opening pdf files

David Hopkins dahopkins429 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 15:27:30 UTC 2010

And ... I think I know what happened.  I upgraded to 9.3. Apparently the
upgrade DELETES all of the AdobeReader.desktop files and does not replace
them.  I have restored these files from backup and now AdobeReader is once
again used to open pdf files.  One server down, 5 more to go. ;)

So ... why does the latest update for Adobe Reader delete these files?

Dave Hopkins

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Quick addition: in /usr/share/applications/defaults.list  the defaults for
> pdf are set as:
> application/pdf=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/vnd.adobe.xfdf=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/vnd.fdf=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/vnd.adobe.xdp+xml=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/vnd.adobe.pdx=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/fdf=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/xdp=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/xfdf=AdobeReader.desktop
> application/pdx=AdobeReader.desktop
> But system still only uses Adobe with Firefox.
> Sincerely,
> Dave Hopkins
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> This is OT, but ... how do you set Adobe Reader (acroread) as the default
>> application for opening pdf's as a system wide setting?  Firefox uses the
>> plugin properly, and opens pdfs with acroread, but from Nautilus, they are
>> opened with one of three (evince, kpdf, document viewer) and adobe isn't
>> even listed as an option.  Typing acroread filename opens correctly.
>> Why do I need this? Because the above 3 take a 3MB pdf and when they try
>> to print it, it expands the silly file to 106MB which doesn't work.
>> Acroread prints the file without any issues.
>> Sincerely,
>> Dave Hopkins
>> Newark Charter School
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