PPA are personal package archives that allows users and groups in launchpad to make packages available to the public. PPAs can be added with a terminal command or through Software Sources.

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What are PPAs and how do I use them?

I keep reading about Personal Package Archives ('PPAs') and people answer questions with a link to a PPA. What's the best way to use these? There are multiple valid answers for this question ...
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Are PPA's safe to add to my system and what are some “red flags” to watch out for?

I see a lot of interesting programs out there that can only be obtained by adding a "PPA" to the system but, if I'm understanding correctly, we should stay within the official "repositories" for ...
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How to upload package with dependencies to my PPA?

I made a package for my PPA and uploaded it. It built without any problems. Then I made another package that depended on the first and uploaded it. It failed because it couldn't find the files in the ...
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How do I fix this “E:Type '*' is not known on line * in source list …” update error?

Every once in a while I see users having issues to update due to errors like this: E:Type 'ain' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/some-ppa.list' with varying types/line ...
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How can PPAs be removed?

I've added many PPAs using the add-apt-repository command. Is there a simple way to remove these PPAs? I've checked in /etc/apt/sources.list for the appropriate deb lines but they aren't there. This ...
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How do I install Ubuntu-Tweak?

I have heard a lot about Ubuntu-Tweak and how it is great for power users, but I don't know how to install it. How do I do that? NB: Ubuntu-Tweak seems not to be actively maintained. For Ubuntu ...
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How to install Eclipse?

I want to install the latest version of Eclipse but the Ubuntu Software Centre contains an older version. Is there a PPA or some other way to install latest Eclipse? Please describe the steps for ...
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How do I install latest PHP in supported Ubuntu versions (like 5.4.x in Ubuntu 12.04)?

I am trying to update to php 5.4 in Ubuntu 12.04, and I can only get 5.3.6 using official repositories (using apt-get). I'm not really sure how to do a manual update – I'm sorta new to ubuntu, but I ...
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How do I remove a PPA added via command-line? [duplicate]

I added a PPA for updating my kernel for ubuntu-12.04. Later, I found that the kernel doesnot exist on the link within PPA. I used this command. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kernel-ppa/ppa Now if I ...
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Should I upgrade to the “mainline” kernels?

Newer "mainline" versions of the kernel are available from the Ubuntu kernel team, e.g. 3.4 and 3.5, while Ubuntu 12.04 is on 3.2. What are the mainline kernels? Are they better than my existing ...
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How do I cherry pick packages from a PPA?

Is there a way to cherry pick packages from a ppa repository you add? That is, to exclude some from updating while including others? For example, I want just the chromium-browser package from this ...
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How to update VLC to the latest version?

As VLC 2.0 is released, how do I get it in Ubuntu (XUbuntu actually, in my case) 11.10? Any PPAs or packages to download? The official page says "Ask your favorite packager..."
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Does someone know why the Chromium daily package isn't build anymore?

It looks like chromium-browser @ https://launchpad.net/~chromium-daily/+archive/ppa haven't been build for the past 6 weeks. I tried to get in touch with them on launchpad but I've got no answers...
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How do I install Myunity on 12.10?

Basically as is the title how do you install Myunity on 12.10? I've tried adding the repository ppa:myunity/ppa and performing: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo ...
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How do I create a PPA?

How do I create my own custom PPA to share with the Ubuntu community? I am trying to create my own custom package set and I would really like to share it with the community.
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apt-get update only for a specific repository

When I add a ppa and I want to install some of its content is quite annoying to re-update all my apt list using apt-get update Is it instead possible to only sync the content of a given repository?
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How can I install a realtime kernel?

I have read a lot of threads with similar questions, but after reading the answers, I am very confused. I have found in them lots of url's with repositories but people discusses about which ...
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Where can I find a Subversion 1.7 binary?

Does anybody know of a ppa or source I can get a subverison 1.7 deb? It was just released yesterday so I'm sure something will show up eventually. However I figure this will be a good place to post ...
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How can I backup my PPAs?

Related to this question. But my concern is that over the past year, most of my more interesting (or used) applications are from PPAs, and just backing up my sources list won't add the associated ...
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I can't add PPA repositories!

For example, after running this command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa I get the following output : Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/add-apt-repository", line 125, ...
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Should I install programs from a source tarball (`.tar.gz`), from the Ubuntu Software Centre, or from elsewhere?

There are several ways to install an application in Ubuntu: You can download a source tarball (generally a .tar.gz or a .tar.bz2 file) and install it manually. (See How to install a .tar.gz (or ...
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Gnome 3 ppa was unstable until April 28th, so is it ok now?

Everything I read said that the GNOME 3 PPA for Natty would be very experimental, cause sudden death, etc until April 28th. Well, today is April 28th, so if I start using GNOME 3 from the PPA will it ...
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Which nvidia driver from additional drivers option should I choose?

I have NVIDIA Geforece 7025 / nForce 630a integrated gfx card on my UBUNTU 12.04.And I have 4 options in Additional drivers: NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 173) NVIDIA accelerated ...
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How to add a PPA on a server?

The Server version of Ubuntu does not have the add-apt-repository command. How can i add a PPA to the server without this command?
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PPA & Packaging: Having versions of packages for multiple distros

(quote from chat) Got a PPA on launchpad for source packages for an IRC bot project I'm associated with (since its all the intermediate packaging for the stuff between releases, it's classified as ...
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How do I create a PPA for a working program?

Let's assume I have a working application written in C, C++ or Python. I want to create a Launchpad PPA so others can easily install it from a package. Please give step by step instructions for doing ...
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How to install ppa packages in an apt-get style

I want to install ppa packages in a sudo apt-get install <program> style. I don't want to google for the ppa name and I don't want to execute add-apt-repository before executing apt-get. I just ...
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Is there any guarantee that software from Launchpad PPAs is free from viruses and backdoor threats?

As Linux continues to grow and develop, and the more we use Linux, the greater the threat from viruses. We also know that a virus/threat in Linux (if any) would have difficulty running or spreading ...
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How to disable a particular PPA?

I want to lock updating from the ppa:ricotz/testing repository. I don't want to purge it. I just want to lock the updates from that repository. How do I do it?
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How do I remove this duplicate sources.list entry? [duplicate]

Sometimes, when I run sudo apt-get update or install an app sudo apt-get install I get the error below at the bottom in the gnome-terminal and I can't remove it. I searched for it in the ...
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How do I locate and remove Broken Packages that I have installed?

I was browsing some questions here to find a solution to locating and removing broken packages. Being a relative novice I installed some PPAs designed for 11.10 on my 12.04 LTS machine. In terminal ...
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Reinstall commercial software (e.g. oil rush, steelstorm etc.)

After a reinstall of Ubuntu 12.04 ,it's impossible to install commercial games, e.g Oil Rush. It gives this error: Failed to fetch ...
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How do I fix a bad PPA installed in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I fix a 404 Error using a PPA? I installed this Pidgin PPA after a clean Ubuntu 11.10 64bit install: ...
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Where can I find Vim 7.3?

Vim 7.3 is out, but not available in the sources. Where can I get an installation package for the 7.3 version? I don't want to install it manually.
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Backup Software Sources

In Ubuntu 10.04, when I goto System > Administration > Software Sources and goto the Authentication tab, I can view all of my keys allowing me to download from third party sources. How would I back ...
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Where can I find a g++ 4.7 package?

Some time ago, I managed to find PPA featuring g++-4.7 build. However, I had to reinstall everything on my machine and I lost name of that PPA. Could anyone point me to it? I tried to find it again, ...
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How to prepare auto-updating PPA?

I have some source code in an SVN repo which is updated daily. Is there a way to push this source package into a PPA that would update from the SVN trunk and build the new packages for me? Or do I ...
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How can I list all packages I've installed from a particular PPA?

How can I list all packages I've installed from a particular PPA? Command-line answers preferred. Related question: how can I list all installed packages that are not available from the main Ubuntu ...
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How do I add the kernel PPA?

I can get Ubuntu mainline kernels from this kernel PPA - is there a way to add it to my repository list the same as regular Launchpad PPAs?
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Is there a tool to update my PPA sources.list entries after upgrading?

When I upgrade from one version of Ubuntu to the next, the upgrade tool rightly disables all my PPAs, so that software compiled for or otherwise tied to the old version of Ubuntu does not interfere ...
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What is the linux-image-extra package for and do I need it?

Good day everyone. I occasionally update my kernel from this web site http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ I have been always downloading 3 deb files for installing linux header all, ...
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How to install Winusb in ubuntu 13.10?

I want to install winusb software on ubuntu 13.10. Installation via PPA method doesn't work. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install winusb
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How do I install the Tor Browser Bundle in Ubuntu?

In Ubuntu 13.04 I used the following PPA to install the 64-bit Tor Browser Bundle. However, in Ubuntu 13.10 it doesn't work anymore. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor64 sudo apt-get update ...
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Is there a PPA for the latest Blender version?

I am interested in trying out the Blender 2.54 beta, but don't have the time or patience to download and install all of the dependencies for it and compile it myself. Is there a PPA somewhere that I ...
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How to find out the package download count from a PPA?

I'd like to know how many downloads of a given package in a PPA there have been since it was first published. I remember there was a bug about it about getting these metrics on the web UI, but as far ...
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How can I install elementary OS on Ubuntu?

How can I install the components that make up elementary OS on Ubuntu?
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Changing PPAs from lucid to maverick [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a tool to update my PPA sources.list entries after upgrading? I recently upgraded to Maverick and I have a not so long list of PPAs. Is there a way to quickly ...
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Chromium 19+ for Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install the latest stable version of Chromium? I'm looking for the repository with the latest Chromium 19+ build for Ubuntu because "ppa:chromium-daily/dev for ...
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Active PPA for latest stable chromium? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install the latest stable version of Chromium? I run chromium and used this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~chromium-daily/+archive/stable I just realized that it ...
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How do I add the mainline kernel PPA?

How can I add the mainline kernel ppa to the synaptic software sources? I have the url: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ but I am missing the ppa: line.