Acroread 5.x have security vulnerability and are unsupported.1.
If you do not like the larger than ever adobe acrobat reader version 7 (now renamed "adobe reader"), you can search the web for version 5.06 instead. Note that no version 6 for linux was released. Adobe used to keep a list of older versions on their website, but they have discontinued this and removed old linux versions.
I found my copy here http://www.planetmirror.com/pub/adobe/acrobatreader/unix/5.x/linux-509.tar.gz but searching for 'linux-509.tar.gz' might give you a link closer to home.
The reader version 5 is very easy to install (tested under debian sarge, fully updated June 2005):
- download the tar file
as root, go to a temporary directory, say:
mkdir /tmp/acroread5; cd /tmp/acroread 5'
- untar the file in this directory 'tar xvf ????/linux-506.tar.gz'
where you enter the full path to your tar file where I typed ????
- run the install script: './INSTALL'
- I installed in '/opt/acroread5'
- create a link: 'ln -s /opt/acroread5/bin/acroread /usr/bin/X11/'
- remove /tmp/acroread5 (it will be automatically removed upon next startup)
- run it by typing 'acroread' or create various links
- if you know how to include it in your gnome/kde environment, please add
instructions here. I don't use either, so I cannot be of much help. I think the following might be enough:
- I prefer to view my files with xpdf, so I did not change /etc/mailcap. If you
want to open pdf files with acroread by default, edit /etc/mailcap to read this in between the -- User Section Begins -- and -- User Section Ends -- lines
application/pdf; /usr/bin/X11/acroread '%s'; test=test "$DISPLAY" != ""; description=Portable Document Format; nametemplate=%s.pdf
(this should be one long line)
- A much nicer way to do the previous is to add a acroread file to
/usr/lib/mime/packages and have that file read
application/pdf; /usr/bin/X11/acroread '%s'; test=test "$DISPLAY" != ""; description=Portable Document Format; nametemplate=%s.pdf; priority=6
After creating that file, run 'update-mime' (as root) and check whether the entry is inserted into /etc/mailcap. You might want to change /etc/mailcap.order to make sure that acroread is listed above xpdf or so, only the first 'application/pdf' entry in /etc/mailcap will be used.