I recently had to upgrade my LyX distribution to remain compatible with a LyX distribution on a different machine. When I upgraded (2.0.6 to 2.1.3), I was no longer able to generate preview PDFs. I am still learning the program, and it is not clear to me if I need to redirect the paths for certain actions. Comparing the preferences across distributions (my old distribution was not overwritten, and I can still push to PDF from it), there does not seem to be a noticeable difference. On the new distribution, I get the following error in the terminal when I attempt to preview:

No protocol specified

** (evince:21375): WARNING **: Could not open X display
No protocol specified
error: XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment.
Cannot parse arguments: Cannot open display: 

Has anyone encountered this before? The questions that I have seen related to this issue don't seem to match my problem specifically, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: In response to a comment below, here is quick test of evince.:

user:~/dissertation$ evince 02-10-revenueprojections.pdf 
Syntax Warning: parseAction: Unknown annotation action object: URI = 'NULL'
Syntax Warning: parseAction: Unknown annotation action object: URI = 'NULL'

** (evince:22388): WARNING **: Unimplemented annotation: POPPLER_ANNOT_STAMP.  It is a known issue and it might be implemented in the future.

Despite the warning, the PDF opens just fine.

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    From the error it appears that launching evince is the problem. I'm unclear from your description. Can you open any PDF with evince (e.g. by double clicking on a file in your file manager program such as nautilus)? Have you checked the temporary files directory to see if the PDF is generated correctly? – Nigel Dec 7 '14 at 4:58
  • Thanks for checking in. Evince is working just fine it seems. The problem seems isolated to the upgraded version of LyX. The old version still works, which is why I was wondering about updating of paths. – Marvin Ward Jr Dec 7 '14 at 14:33
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – Martin Schröder Dec 7 '14 at 21:59
  • There is something wrong if XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is not set and you are in a GUI environment on a GNU/Linux system set up in a reasonably standard way. Moreover, this is likely to cause other issues, although how serious they are will depend on what exactly is wrong. But this is a symptom, not a cause. (And it has nothing to do with TeX.) – cfr Dec 8 '14 at 0:52
  • This is the first time I have had an issue on this front. I would appreciate if you could elaborate... – Marvin Ward Jr Dec 8 '14 at 0:55

Not sure this is the best solution in the world, but I just replaced evince as the preferred PDF reader.

Tools > Preferences > File Handling > File Formats

I selected the PDF(pdflatex) format, and changed the viewer from evince to xpdf.

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