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Fri, Mar 18, 2005 9:57 pm

Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 on a Solaris SPARC System

If you need a program to read PDF files on a Solaris 2.7 system you can download a free version from Adobe's website at The current version available as of March 18, 2005 is 5.0.10.

The system requirements for Acrobat Reader 5.0.10 for a Solaris SPARC system are as follows:

After downloading the file, you can uncompress and untar it with the following commands:

gunzip solaris-5010.tar.gz
tar -xvf solaris-5010.tar

After unzipping and untarring the file that you downloaded from Adobe's website, change to the directory where you extracted the files, which will by default be an "installers" directory underneath your current directory. Then type ./INSTALL to install Adobe Acrobat 5. To integrate it into Netscape, close any instances of Netscape you have open and run the "netscape" program within the Browsers directory of the directory where you installed the Acrobat reader. If you installed Acrobat into the default location of /opt/Adobe5 and Netscape into /opt/netscape, you would go through the following dialog:

# /opt/Acrobat5/Browsers/netscape
Enter the Acrobat 5.0.10 install directory [/opt/Acrobat5]
# Enter the directory containing Netscape [/usr/local/Netscape] /opt/netscape

To start Acrobat outside a browser use /opt/Acrobat5/bin/acroread, assuming you placed Acrobat in the default directory.

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