Even if a newer version of a package is present in the -proposed pocket, doing

sudo apt install <PACKAGE>

will only try to install the version in the -release or -updates pocket. How do i make the installer pick the version in -proposed?

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Let's assume jammy (Ubuntu 22.04).

First you need to add -proposed to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

To do that:

  • Open Software & Updates
  • Select the Developer Options tab
  • Check Pre-released updates
  • Click the Close button followed by clicking the Reload button

Optionally you can edit /etc/apt/sources.list manually. Add a line similar to this:

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-proposed multiverse restricted main universe

and run sudo apt update to refresh the package information on your system.

With -proposed enabled you can then do:

sudo apt install <PACKAGE>/jammy-proposed

i.e. you should tell the installer explicitly to install from the -proposed pocket.


Once you have installed the package(s) from -proposed, remember to disable -proposed again. If you don't, sudo apt upgrade will update also a bunch of other packages but the one(s) you are interested in, and that's probably not what you want. (This behavior will change in Ubuntu 23.04, so packages in the -proposed pocket will have lower APT priority by default.)

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