Re: Choosing a .pdf viewer

"Donald Allen" <donaldcallen gmail com> writes:

> I'm running gnome 2.12.3 on an up-to-date gentoo system. I would like
> to be able to choose the default pdf viewer used by Nautilus when I
> double-click on a .pdf file (the current default, the Gnome PDF
> Viewer, has serious rendering and performance problems with certain
> .pdf files and also doesn't appear to offer the ability to search a
> .pdf file). I have tried Settings-> File Types and Programs, which I
> find completely unusable for this (and when you click Help-> Help with
> File Types and Programs' settings, you either get a message saying the
> help file doesn't exist, or Nautilus crashes). For example, in
> attempting to substitute evince for the default .pdf viewer, I click
> pdf document' in the main window. Then I click the 'Open with
> Application' radio button and 'Edit list' in the default action
> section and add evince to the list. Then I select it in the
> pulldown. Then I click 'Ok'. Great. Except this has no effect on
> Nautilus' choice of a .pdf viewer. And if I go back to File Types and
> Programs and look at the entry for 'pdf document' in the main window,
> the default action is 'none'. It would seem like a bug report or two
> is in order here, which I will do. But meanwhile, any suggestions for
> working around this?
> Thanks -- /Don Allen

Your claim about the performance of evince is absolutely correct even
in gnome 2.14. I have to installed three pdf viewers: xpdf, acroread,
evince. Xpdf handles 90% of the files.


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