print/acroread9 Adobe Reader
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Tue Oct 28 14:00:46 UTC 2014
Hi hrs at FreeBSD.org & ports at freebsd.org
I went to install print/acroread9 for current & found it was not in ports/.
print/acroread9||2014-08-30|Deprecated: many security issues are
reported and Adobe no longer actively supports Adobe Reader for Unix
I am Forced to use Adobe Reader by British government tax office.
I know it's a can of worms, but I had that can of worms under control, eg:
- As binaries without source stink & scream "Insecurity"
- I ran it inside a chroot,
- I ran it as a spare user.
- As it devoured CPU/RAM & froze screen, I ran it on a spare host.
- As it freaked on AMD+NFS [remote host lock?] file access
I ran it on a local, non NFS'd home/
Yes it is a can of worms ... but that can of worms is Needed !
- It handles the XML inside PDF tax form calculations
- It does the security key interchange stuff the tax office want
(No idea, the tax office just says "Click Here & There"
& tax office fail to document what protocols servers standards etc)
Removing acroread for security reasons was Really Bad ! It forces
me to use the stinkingly More Insecure Microsoft to run the same Adobe
Reader the tax office demand.
A lot of effort must have gone to build & maintain the port, & now
its ripped out of the tree, it forces me & perhaps others to
individually maintain private copies as long as we can, with wasted
future duplicate maintenance effort, & not available to easily share
- all very inefficient.
It should please be reinstated but with a WARNING= added to Makefile
If the old maintainer hrs@ doesn't want to maintain it,
I will if no one else wants to (but I hope hrs@ will :-).
Julian Stacey, BSD Linux Unix'78 C Sys Eng Consultant Munich http://berklix.com
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