My emacs version is 25.2 but i got the same issues on 24.3: When i run M-x package-install-file RET pdf-tools-0.70.tar RET in emacs i get:

pdf-annot.el:32:1:Error: Cannot open load file: No such file or directory, tablist
Compiling file /home/alex/.emacs.d/elpa/pdf-tools-0.70/pdf-cache.el at Sun     Apr 23 16:19:22 2017
Error: Opening output file: Cannot overwrite file, /home/alex/.emacs.d/elpa/pdf-tools-0.70/pdf-cache.elc

Make install-package doesn't work either.

  • pdf-tools-0.70 is two years old. You can get the latest version (~ 2 weeks old) directly from melpa. Is there a reason you're using this outdated version?
    – Tyler
    Commented May 1, 2017 at 17:08
  • I installed it through melpa and it worked, there was no reason for installing that version, i just thought that it was the most recent.
    – TanasaIoan
    Commented May 7, 2017 at 9:07

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pdf-tools depends on the tablist package (which you can find on MELPA, for example). I can't help you with the second error.

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