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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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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How can I get a list of all repositories and PPAs from the command line?

I know how to list all packages installed on my system. But how could I get a list of all repositories and PPA's? I know I can look into /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d, but I'm ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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Is there an “unofficial” software center with all the PPAs?

Many questions are answered simply with add this repository and install. I understand that Ubuntu developers cannot quickly verify all packages and make them available in official repositories. But ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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 apply a changelog file to packages in a PPA when building from recipe?

When my package gets build by launchpad using a recipe, it ignores the ./debian/changelog file I provide, and it generates a useless one like following: harmonyseq (0.14~natty1) maverick; urgency=low ...
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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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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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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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How can I backup my Repositories?

I want to backup all the repositories I added to the Ubuntu Software Center, but apparently sources.list contains only the ones which belong to Canonical. So where do I find the other ones?
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Difference between “ppa-purge” and “add-apt-repository -r”?

What is the main difference between ppa-purge and add-apt-repository -r. Which one better clear residual items and reason to use one over another? Does add-apt-repository -r should do what ppa-purge ...
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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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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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Something wicked happened resolving medibuntu repository, what happens?

We have an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS machines that is giving errors when I try to run updates. Specifically, I am getting a load of errors like this: W: Failed to fetch ...
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How can I get Firefox to work with the global application menu? [closed]

I've been following the progress of getting Firefox (and Thunderbird) working with the global application menu, how can I test and follow along it's progress?
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Where can I find a Subversion 1.8 binary?

The Subversion 1.8 was released two weeks ago and is already available on the Windows platform via the Tortoise SVN client. I would like to get it running on my Ubuntu 12.04 box. I've already ...
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How can I start my own Repository

I'm an avid developer but I never actually gotten around to setting up my own PPA - how would someone go about this? Common issues encountered? How do I get my source code to be compiled into packages ...
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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 to install new tmux 1.8 on Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04?

Are there any PPA? If no, how to make it from sources? Which dev libs I'll need to do this?
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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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Any PPAs for Google's Go Language?

Do you know of any URLs for PPAs of Google's Go Language?
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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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Upload to PPA succeeded but packages doesn't appear

I'm trying to upload packages to my PPA for the first time. I want to use the PPA for customized versions of the OpenStack Compute (nova) project, so I tried to do a test by uploading packages ...
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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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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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Where would I find a PPA for the newest version of GIMP?

Does anyone know of a PPA that has the development version of GIMP? I would like to try out the new single window mode.
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Adding a ppa repo and get key signed - no valid OpenPGP data - proxy issue?

I want to get a ppa key signed I tried apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys A258828C Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring ...
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Where can I find a list of daily builds?

I'm interested in finding out which PPAs have daily builds associated with them so I can be sure I'm always running the latest software available by these teams. Does such a feature exist?
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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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How to create and administer multi-architecture PPAs?

I have a program that needs to be recompiled for every ubuntu version. Currently I am packaging it using Ubuntu's PPA just for the current distribution. Eventually, I have to provide packages for ...
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How to find out how many people have downloaded from PPAs

How do I find out how many people use a particular PPA. I see on a particular PPA ; Package build summary A total of 108 builds have been dispatched for this PPA. Completed builds 108 successful 0 ...