Manish Jain wrote:

Hi all,

After browsing mailing lists for hours, I was finally able to install acroread8 on my FreeBSD 7.1R system. But it STILL does not start. Attached below is the output (repeated messages removed) :

Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "gnomebreakpad":
> cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

(acroread:9218): GdkPixbuf-WARNING **: Cannot open pixbuf loader module file '/etc/gtk-2.0/gdk-pixbuf.loaders':
 > No such file or directory

(acroread:9218): GdkPixbuf-WARNING **: Error loading XPM image loader: Image type 'xpm' is not supported

(acroread:9218): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_ref: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed

(acroread:9218): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_window_set_icon_list: assertion `GDK_IS_PIXBUF (pixbuf)' failed

(acroread:9218): GdkPixbuf-CRITICAL **: gdk_pixbuf_get_width: assertion `pixbuf != NULL' failed

(acroread:9218): Pango-WARNING **: No builtin or dynamically loaded modules
were found. Pango will not work correctly. This probably means
there was an error in the creation of:
You may be able to recreate this file by running pango-querymodules.

(acroread:9218): Pango-CRITICAL **: _pango_engine_shape_shape: assertion `PANGO_IS_FONT (font)' failed

Pango-ERROR **: file shape.c: line 75 (pango_shape): assertion failed: (glyphs->num_glyphs > 0)

[2]+  Exit 1                  acroread

My loader.conf has linux_load=YES, rc.conf has linux_enable=YES, linprocfs_enable=YES and fstab has an entry for linproc. I downloaded the latest ports tarball yesterday, did a 'portupgrade -rf emulators/linux_base-fc4', and [re]installed a number of ports (pango, linux-pango, cairo, linux-cairo, gdk-pixbuf, linux-gdk-pixbuf, pixman and may be a couple more). Then I installed acroread8. But it still does not start, as you can from the message above.

Actually, there is at least one bug in the port as the message reveals. At runtime, acroread8 tries to look for /etc/pango/pango.modules, which - because of the port's linux heritage - translates to /compat/linux/etc/pango/pango.modules. This path is incorrect, at least with linux_base-fc4 - with which the correct path turns out to be /compat/linux/etc/pango/i686-redhat-linux-gnu/pango.modules in my case. The user has to fix it with a symlink himself.

I am beginning to wonder why can't FreeBSD simply put on the distribution media binary packages for programs that almost everyone uses these days (thunderbird, acroread) and which take an immense amount of time/effort to build. The FreeBSD DVD is more than half empty and I am sure nobody would mind spending a couple of hours extra at download-time what possibly might save a couple of weeks and a whole lot of headaches at install-time.

Anyway, if anyone has any clue how to get me out of this acroread mess, I would be really grateful.

Thanks in advance
Manish Jain
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I like epdfview, xpdf and kpdf (under KDE). Under Gnome epdfview and evince are very good alternative.

Personally I've never used Acrobat Reader in any Unix-like system, but some people do have specific needs. If that's you case please raise a PR, otherwise just give a chance to other applications.

If want to save building time stick with packages (smaller download and no compiling) but don't mix ports and packages if possible.

Ricardo Jesus.
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