Ubuntu – Firefox: open .pdf files with acrordrdc (installed by snap)

20.04adobe-acrobatfirefox

I'm trying to open .pdf files in Firefox with acrordrdc installed via snap. I tried:

  1. Since acrordrdc file.pdf works I tried using a "wrapper" file:

    #!/bin/bash
    acrordrdc $1
    
  2. Editing the acrordrdc.desktop (see Changing default app for PDF).

In the first case (the wrapper solution) acrordrdc opens with an empty window. No file is showed.

In the second case I can select "Acrobat Reader DC" in Firefox but nothing happens when the files is downloaded. Acrobat is not opened.

Edit. After the N0rbert answer I tried to modify my wrapper:

#!/bin/bash
cp $i ~/Downloads/renamed.pdf
acrordrdc ~/Downloads/renamed.pdf

and now it works. Now I need to find a way to remove the file(s) after I read it (them).

I don't understand why I need to rename it. If I have:

#!/bin/bash
cp $i ~/Downloads/$1
acrordrdc ~/Downloads/$1

it doesn't work. The file is copied but not opened.

Best Answer

  • After some debugging in Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS I discovered that Firefox copies PDF file of interest to the /tmp folder.

    The /tmp folder can't be accessed by this snapped application. Wrapper script does not help either. So it is impossible to integrate /snap/bin/acrordrdc with Firefox.

    I'll recommend to remove snapped version of Adobe Acrobat with

    snap remove acrordrdc
    

    and install native pretty old deb-based version of Adobe Reader 9.5.5 by:

    cd ~/Downloads
    wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
    sudo apt-get install ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
    sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libatk-bridge2.0-0:i386 libatk-adaptor:i386
    

    and then choose it in the Firefox settings.