Monthly Archive: June, 2009

June 23, 2009

Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and 8.1.6 now available through Yum

We’re pleased to announce that Adobe Reader 9.1.2 Security Update for Linux is now available through YUM. Refer this post for information on how to install using YUM. This release is for English, French, German and Japanese languages.

Also, Adobe Reader 8.1.6 has been released for various other languages, and the YUM update is available for these as well.

For more details on these Security Updates, please refer this blog post.

June 17, 2009

9.1.2 and 8.1.6 Security Updates

Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and 8.1.6 Security Updates are now available (see Security Bulletin APSB09-07). These address a number of customer workflow issues and security vulnerabilities while providing more stability. These updates are available for both Linux and Solaris platforms.

You can download these updates directly using the FTP links below:

Customer Issues Fixed in this Release::

June 8, 2009

Printing with Adobe Reader

The main aim of this post is to let the users know of how to achieve printing using Adobe Reader on Linux and Unix platforms.


First prerequisite to printing is to have the CUPS package installed on the system.
Most of the linux systems have the CUPS package pre installed.
You might like to check the package manager for confirmation.
To install CUPS, you may visit CUPS official site for the required version of the software.
Make sure the CUPS version is greater than 1.2.

Configuring Printers

  • Open the browser and go to the following address: http://localhost:631/

  • Go to Add Printers link.
  • Give a Name, Location and Description.
  • Choose a method to connect to the printer for example: “AppSocket/HPJetDirect”.
  • Give the address to the print device, for example: socket://:9100
  • Choose a ppd. You may choose CUPS provided ppd for your printer make and model or you can use a ppd downloaded from the manufacturer’s site.

It’s a good practice to visit to look for a recommended ppd for your model of printer.

Environment Variables

Make sure that LID_LIBRARY_PATH points to the location for libcups and also CUPS lp and lpr are in PATH.

When you invoke the print dialog using Control+P, all the printers configured show up in the Printer Name dropdown.

Main Print Dialog

Choosing a printer

To tweak the setting for each printer, choose the printer in the Name dropdown and go to the “Properties” button.

Custom Printing

You may choose to print using your custom command. For this users can choose “Custom” in the Name dropdown and edit the text box with their own command.

New in Linux Reader 9

Printer properties dialog

With Adobe Reader for Linux 9.1, the printer properties dialog has been revamped. It will now accomodate all the features that the ppd supports. Users do not need to go to the CUPS web page to tweak any setting for the printer.

Advanced Print Dialog

Adobe Reader for linux 9.1.1 lets the user choose the advanced print options present in the Advanced print dialog.

Command Line Printing

Following new options have been added to the command line printing

  • -printerName
  • -rotateAndCenter
  • -choosePaperByPDFPageSize
  • -nUp
  • -booklet

For Usage and Description of these options type acroread -help on the console.


In case of any issues while printing, you can troubleshoot by setting the following variable to 1 before launching acroread from the same shell.

Type the following command on the shell:

Common problems and related errors messages:

    • Error : dlopen of libcups failed

    • Possible Problem : Libcups not in LD_LIBRARY_PATH

    • Solution : Make sure LD_LIBRARY_PATH points to the libcups

    • Error : No destinations returned by cupsGetDests

    • Possible Problem : No printers configured on the machine.

    • Solution : Configure the printer using the CUPS web UI.

    • Error : PPD not found – cupsGetPPD failed

    • Possible Problem : No ppd available for the printer or ppd accidentally moved

    • Solution : Re-launch reader, check for the ppd or reconfigure the printer

    • Error : Error opening PPD – ppdOpenFile failed

    • Possible Problem : No ppd available for the printer or ppd accidentally moved

    • Solution : Re-launch reader, check for the ppd or reconfigure the printer

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