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I have already installed Groovy in my Ubuntu 10.10 desktop version. Now the language have been released its latest version of Groovy 1.8. When I try to install using the same command that have been used to install the Groovy previous version, such as :

sudo apt-get install groovy

I'm getting error like,

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 135 not upgraded.

So how could I can install, i'm a novice to Ubuntu, so kindly help me.

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For any particular version of Ubuntu, the standard repositories are rarely updated with newer versions software. Software is only updated for critical support issues and for security reasons.

Exceptions are made for critical pieces of software such as Firefox that Canonical say they support. In these cases, a decision is made whether the software is about to lose support upstream. If it is, then a newer version in the repository is updated.

As far as I can see "groovy" isnt a Canonical supported piece of software and hence will not be updated to a newer version.

To obtain newer versions of software, you will need to either download the source-code yourself and compile and install it - or find a trusted PPA where the packager has done the compilation for you.

V1.8 of Groovy was released at the end of last month. Even the next version of Ubuntu (11.10) does not have this version in its repositories.

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thanks for the answer... a bit of theory ^_o –  Ant's May 18 '11 at 17:18
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Sorry for the late response, just saw this post now. You can find an alternative repository for groovy that will allow you to install the latest groovy versions at Fresh Groovy For the latest 1.8 version, here are the instructions from the site:

# first time users
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:groovy-dev/groovy

# all users
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install groovy-1.8
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cool ,,, thanks for the answer.. –  Ant's Nov 4 '11 at 17:04
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