Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 195471
Evince fails to open PostScript/PDF files without file-type suffixes
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:35 EST
Description of problem:
Evince does not open PostScript or PDF files if they do not have a .ps or .pdf
suffix. In particular, such files downloaded from the web cannot be opened
automatically (some websites, for example, arxiv.org, distribute PS and PDF
files with no suffix).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Remove file-type suffix from name of PS/PDF file
2. Attempt to open file with evince.
For PostScript files, an error box pops up containing:
Unable to open document
Unhandled MIME type: 'text/plain'
A similar thing happens for PDF files, except the supposed MIME type is
File should be opened as normal.
The obvious work-around is to change the file name by hand. This is particularly
annoying if the file is being downloaded from a website; you have to save it to
disk, change the name and then start evince manually.
Agreed. Not only do I get bitten by this bug all the time, I generally have to
resort to removing the mozplugger package to actually get firefox to prompt me
to save the document to a file.
(Hopefully evince's amazing brittleness will improve over time. When it
actually works, it's superb.)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 193582 ***