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While developing a custom, commercial application, I need to provide appropriate automatic updates.

Can I create a package that, in addition to containing my specific application, also adds it's repository to the sources list?

Is it the appropriate procedure?

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I think google chrome does the same thing ,when I installed google chrome ,it automatically add it is repository to sources.list – Tachyons May 8 '12 at 10:50

It's quite a common approach. I don't think it's ideal, but it certainly works.

You can drop the sources list into


And add the APT key from the maintainer scripts.

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Why do you think it isn't optimal? Any better solutions? The app doesn't have the market penetration to be included in any existing repo.. – qdot May 11 '12 at 14:27
In the future, we'd like to have .list files or something like that, that adds a repository to your system and installs a package. Installing a package shouldn't modify your system's APT configuration, that's not very friendly behavior. – tumbleweed May 11 '12 at 16:10
.list files? Forgive my ignorance, but how would that work? – qdot May 11 '12 at 16:44

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