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I keep seeing places refer to the "partner" repository as a place I can get software, how can I enable this repository? Please specify how to do this graphically and via command line.

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up vote 30 down vote accepted

GUI Way:

Click on the ubuntu button, then search for "Software Sources" and go to the "Other Software" tab.

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Command Line Way:

  • Open the sources.list file: gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Add the partner repositories by removing the # in front of the following lines (maverick is the version of your Ubuntu installation, it may differ)

    # deb maverick partner
    # deb-src maverick partner

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  • Save and Close.
  • Resynchronize the package index files from their sources: sudo apt-get update

  • Official documentation for reference

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As of Ubuntu Precise, "Software Sources" is no longer accessible via the launcher. It has to be accessed through the menu (Edit => Edit software sources). – Lekensteyn May 2 '12 at 21:02

The simplest way to enable "partner" repository:

sed -i "/^# deb .*partner/ s/^# //" /etc/apt/sources.list && apt-get update
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To enable the partner repository from the command line, edit /etc/apt/sources.list:
sudoedit /etc/apt/sources.list and remove the # from the beginning of these two lines:

#deb maverick partner  
#deb-src maverick partner

So they are like this:

deb maverick partner  
deb-src maverick partner

Then update your apt cache: sudo apt-get update.

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TERMINAL version, just copy and paste this commands to activate the partners repository (skype, etc):

DISTRO=`cat /etc/*-release | grep DISTRIB_CODENAME | sed 's/.*=//g'`
sudo sed -i 's/\(# \)\(deb .*ubuntu '${DISTRO}' partner\)/\2/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get -y update

@ERGuille: FTFY, with a cleaner version

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sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
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You may try this command also for enabling partner repositories,

sudo sh -c "echo deb $(lsb_release -c | awk '{print $2}') partner > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/canonical_partner.list"
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This is how I did it within shell, I took the time for a little variation to increase stability, re-usability and idempotence (and not checking for the distro):

grep -qe '^# deb[- ].* partner$' /etc/apt/sources.list \
  && sudo sed -i"~$(date -%s)" 's/^# \(deb[- ].* parnter$\)/\1/' /etc/apt/sources.list
  • grep check: change file only if it is to change.
  • sed backup: keep timestamp'ed backups so you can go back in time.
  • handle both source and non-source.
  • use the name (last field) not the distro to identify the repositories.

Alternatives here:

In the end this might need another iteration or two. I hope next to the personal note on comments this was giving some useful summary.

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TERMINAL just to make it easier, copy and paste this one command:

sed 's/\# deb http\:\/\/archive\.canonical\.com\/ubuntu natty partner/deb http\:\/\/archive\.canonical\.com\/ubuntu natty partner/' /etc/apt/sources.list | sed 's/\# deb-src http\:\/\/archive\.canonical\.com\/ubuntu natty partner/deb-src http\:\/\/archive\.canonical\.com\/ubuntu natty partner/' - > /tmp/newfile && sudo mv -f /tmp/newfile /etc/apt/sources.list

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There are way easier and more elegant one-liners you could come up with. sed -i~ 's|^# *\(deb\(-src\)* http://archive\.canonical\.com/ubuntu natty partner|\1|' /etc/apt/sources.list uses a single regular expression, but creating a new file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ would be much better still. – tripleee May 5 '15 at 12:24

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