After updating my Linux workstation I found that acroread produces “expr: syntax error” when started.

Quick Googling show me the solution.

  1. Open terminal.
  2. First find where acroread executable script is located – on my machine:
    whereis acroread
    acroread: /usr/bin/acroread /usr/lib/acroread
  3. Then type vi /usr/bin/acroread.
  4. After that type 418G and add *(asterisk) [move cursor after the block press i for insert and *]after second [0-9] block as shown below
    Fix acroread
  5. Then save the file [Press Esc 2 times and type :wq]
  6. Now you can use acrobat again.

NOTE: This fix is for AdobeReader_enu-7.0.9-1 for Linux. It is not tested on other versions or platforms.

EDIT: How to install AdobeReader_enu-7.0.9-1 in CentOS 5/4.x.

Navigate to –> Click on get adobe reader –>Choose .rpm version –>Click on Download –>Either Open with Software Installer or download to disk and install if you need to do it on multiple machines.


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