How to: Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9

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How to: Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9

Postby Icekimo » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:19 pm

If you obtained Adobes Acrobat Reader 9 directly from their website as Reader_9.*_English_for_Linux_.bin and installed it by terminal, it might won't show up in your software center also in the Synaptics Packet Manager. Also sudo apt-get remove acroread won't work ;).
Luckily Adobe built in an uninstall script. Do following:

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cd <name_of_install_directory>/Reader9/bin && sudo sh UNINSTALL

I think by default it's located somewhere in /etc/Adobe*or*something/

The reason i am writing this is because i spent 2 days trying to remove the reader :). This shall never happen again to anybody. Hope it helps.

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Re: How to: Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9

Postby gene_wood » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:04 pm

Icekimo, thanks very much for this. It solved the problem.

For what it's worth, my default install directory resulted in this command :

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cd /opt/Adobe/Reader9/bin && sudo ./UNINSTALL

I'd wanted to uninstall it because amazingly, it installs a /etc/bash_complete.d/ file which breaks bash autocompletion on a bunch of stuff in Adobe's attempt to deal with filenames with spaces in it. For example, normally when typing something like :

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ls ~/Docu

and then hitting tab to complete the directory name you'd get :

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ls ~/Documents/

After installing Adobe Reader 9, the autocomplete changed to :

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ls ~/Documents

with a trailing space.

Lame. Anyhow, fixed by uninstalling adobe.

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Re: How to: Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9

Postby prabhatjn » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:14 am

In my mint 16 there was no UNINSTALL file but this helped:
sudo apt-get purge adobereader-enu
sudo apt-get autoremove


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Re: How to: Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9

Postby thanosfrag » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:03 am

Thanks prabhatjn. It worked like a charm in my Linux Mint 16. :wink:

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