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Evince does not support svgs on its own, however I have the following situation:

  1. Ubuntu 11.04 / Evince 2.32.0
  2. Ubuntu 11.10 / Evince 3.2.1
  3. Debian 7.0 / Evince 3.4.0

Now, the odd thing is, on 1. I can open svg files with plain evince and it renders them correctly. On both 2. and 3., however, I cannot as Evince tells me

Unable to open document

File type SVG image (image/svg+xml) is not supported

So, I suspect system 1. (which is the only one not under my control) has some sort of plugin to display svgs. But I don't know if Evince even has a plugin feature, let alone how to list the plugins --- all I know is that it is possible.

So, how do I get my (newer) version(s) of Evince to understand svg files?

I am not asking for suggestions for other viewers; I know and use them (but they have their drawbacks).

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Evince uses poppler for displaying PDF and postscript. It might be possible, that an older version supported SVG as well. Maybe you can help us with adding the output when using evince on a command-line, i.e. evince xyz.svg. Especially the output of the working setup (1) would be interesting. – mcbetz Feb 18 '13 at 11:57
@MartinBetz: The working Evince (1) doesn't print anything regarding the svg, except saying several times "** (evince:19211): WARNING **: DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ExecFailed: Failed to execute program /usr/lib/lib/vgfs/gvfsd-metadata: Success" which seems to be some dbus error with a module that is not loaded. So it shouldn't influence its attitude towards svgs. – bitmask Feb 20 '13 at 12:17
Ok, that really does not help. I would contact Evince's developers directly. There is plenty of ways to do so, including a mailing-list and an IRC channel. Let us know if you find out something! – mcbetz Feb 20 '13 at 17:32

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