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How can I get notified of updates to a certain PPA?

For example when I am interested in new package versions of a certain package in a certain PPA?

If a user has the package in question installed and is using the default desktop, she probably get notified via an icon in the traybar or something like that.

But I am searching for a method which works even when the package is not installed (and without gnome).

It should be reliable and prompt.

Does launchpad provides some RSS/Atom-Feed features for PPAs? Or email notifications?

(As a sidenote: I am surprised that even with my own PPA I only get an upload notification via mail - but no notification when the binary package is finished.)

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Just my 2 cents: perhaps create a script with wget and time-stamping in order to check for changes? More info at: – Pavlos G. Jun 28 '11 at 0:03
Hm, perhaps - the Link to the official manual location is: – maxschlepzig Jun 28 '11 at 7:37
Re: your sidenote: You might want to look at this old launchpad-user thread: Especially the code here: The API has changed a bit since then, but it should be possible to hack something up to check build status. – andrewsomething Jun 28 '11 at 20:07
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Sadly, Launchpad doesn't offer RSS feeds for PPAs. There's been an open bug on this for a while. is a third party service that offers feeds for some selected PPAs.

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