Need help for acroread8

Ricardo Jesus ricardo.meb.jesus at
Tue Mar 17 10:28:49 PDT 2009

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:
>>   '/etc/pango/pango.modules'
>> 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)
>> aborting...
>> [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
> invalid.pointer at
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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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