I have a few strange PDF files (that I received once from my bank) that open correctly only in Adobe Reader. So on my new Ubuntu 20.04 I installed Adobe Reader from the latest available Linux version (AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb) to be able to open these files. After installation, Adobe Reader set itself as the default application for PDF files, so I set the default application back to Evince. After I did this, Adobe Reader does no more appear in the "Open with another application" menu, so I cannot use it with right-click - I have to open Adobe Reader from the main menu and use File/Open in the application or drag-and-drop. It is a bit inconvenient.

I checked /usr/share/applications/defaults.list (actually a symlink to /etc/gnome/defaults.list) and it contains the line application/pdf=AdobeReader.desktop which must have been added during Adobe Reader installation. However, my ~/.config/mimeapps.list contains in [Default Applications] section the line application/pdf=org.gnome.Evince.desktop as I have set the default app back to Evince, and it also contains in [Added Associations] the line application/pdf=AdobeReader.desktop; which I guess should cause Adobe Reader be displayed among applications suitable to open a PDF file - but it isn't.

Even after I manually changed the line in /usr/share/applications/defaults.list to application/pdf=org.gnome.Evince.desktop and removed the same from my ~/.config/mimeapps.list, it didn't change anything. Adobe Reader is still not displayed. I ran update-desktop-database, logged out and back in from the DE.

What else can I try?

BTW. I'm using GNOME Flashback, so the file manager is Nautilus.


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Following muktupavels' comment above, i replaced the line Exec=acroread with Exec=acroread %F in /usr/share/applications/AdobeReader.desktop file and this solved the issue.

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