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Author Topic: How to remove Adobe reader/  (Read 5723 times)
redandwhitestripes
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« on: January 14, 2009, 12:30:07 am »

Hi everyone,

I'm a Linux newbie running Standard Edition on a Compaq Presario.

Can anyone tell me how to uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader?

It is causing no problems but I simply don't like Adobe on principle and I prefer Foxit reader.

I searched the FAQ pages and this forum before posting my question.

Many thanks,
Greg
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 01:15:17 am »

Which version of VL are you running?  Did you install Acrobat Reader from a VL package in our repository or did you download it and install it directly from Adobe?
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 03:52:45 am »

Hi Caitlyn,

I'm running 5.9 (just got it yesterday) and I didn't install from repository. There was an optional PDF reader install on the CD but I don't think it was identified as Adobe. If it had, I would have declined to install it  Cheesy .
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 11:36:44 am »

I've always found that Adobe Reader installs to its own directory; it doesn't mix its libraries in with others at all. It's therefore safe and easy to uninstall.

Here's how I would go about it. Do a search with a good file manager such as Midnight Commander for a file called "acroread;" that should be in a subdirectory called bin, which in turn should be in another subdirectory called Adobe Reader X (whatever the version number of the reader is; mine is 8 ). There might be another subdirectory or two between the Adobe Reader one and the bin one.

Now delete the whole branch of subdirectories from the Adobe Reader X onwards, i.e. including acroread. It's quite safe to do so and it won't affect anything else in your Vector installation at all.
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rbistolfi
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 12:03:36 pm »

The name of the package is acroread. Running
Code:
removepkg acroread

as root should do it.
The folders Colonel Panic refers to are in /opt/Adobe/

HTH
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 03:09:00 pm »

Rodrigo, he didn't install from a repo package.  He has no package to remove, unfortunately.

It is always much, much easier when people stick with VL packages from the repo.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2009, 05:17:10 am »

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Rodrigo, he didn't install from a repo package.  He has no package to remove, unfortunately.

"removepkg acroread" worked here, even though it came with the installation of 5.9 (deluxe) .
After removing, however, there is no package in the repo that I can see, so reinstalling is not possible (except by downloading and running the adobe script).
Also, the adobe installation does not seem to add an icon and .desktop file.

I cannot run foxit reader, either... always get a segfault.
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2009, 10:59:45 am »

Rodrigo, he didn't install from a repo package.  He has no package to remove, unfortunately.

It is always much, much easier when people stick with VL packages from the repo.

Oops, I missed that one, thanks for the catch.
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