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how to use Belgian eid to sign (AR 9.3.2; Kubuntu 10.04 amd64)

Jun 4, 2010 11:47 AM




I'm on Kubuntu 10.04 amd64 with AR 9.3.2 installed from the ubuntu repos.

I have a working installation for my Belgian electronic id card (i.e., I have the gui installed and working and can do tax-on-web via Firefox).


I received a pdf form with a signature field that accepts a digital signature. Clicking it, I get a dialog asking me which digital signature I wish to install. I select "A device connected to this computer" (as far as I know, that is what my smartcard in the smartcard reader is), but then I get the message that "Acrobat could not find any new digital IDs. [...]" even though the beid middleware has read the smartcard successfully.


Is there something else I should be doing?




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    Jun 7, 2010 4:45 AM   in reply to equaeghe

    Hi Erik,




    Please follow the steps below,




    1) Go to and install the middleware for your Linux box. Identify lib/ after unzipping the .tgz file inside the Install folder. You mentioned you have already done so, in that case you may skip this and just identify the unzipped directory having lib/ for step 2.




    2) Launch Adobe Reader and go to Documents -> Security Settings -> PKCS# 11 Module. Then Click on "Attach Module" and browse to mentioned in point 1.




    3) You should now see that Module is attached.



    4) Ensure that pcscd daemon is running, by doing `sudo /etc/init.d/pcsd restart`




    5) Try to sign the document; it should work if steps 1 to 4 went fine.




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    Jun 7, 2010 11:50 AM   in reply to equaeghe



    Have a look at the snapshot.png that I had posted on  . Perhaps that should help you with point 2. You need to attach /usr/lib/  via Security Settings in Adobe Reader.    



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