in software sources i see a lot of links that don't link to lanchpad.net

http://deb.playonlinux.com/ oreiric main
http://dl.google.com/linuxearth/deb/ stable main
http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu precise main

i was wondering: can i add a regular download link in my sources.list.
here is what i mean to do.
this is the download link for notepad++(an example)


i wonder can i add this(or an other) link to download the latest version of notepad++(or any software for that matter) and every time
there is a new version of notepad++ i can install the latest via update-manager.
this is exactly when adding vlc(A example) in the sources.list. And when the software.
has been downloaded to run a command like wine npp.6.1.3.Installer.exe /S /Silent
for silent installation.

  • Your best bet is to use a wine installer/updater from within wine itself. Linux/Ubuntu/USC does not know what to do with exe and wine does ;)
    – Rinzwind
    Jun 18, 2012 at 14:33
  • is this an idea. i Have a website. If i create the same folder structure as a ppa archive and edit all the Release(.gpg). and link it to a notepad++.deb in the deb file is just an .exe . with a shell script to run wine notepad++.exe /S /Silent. or in the ppa link it to a shell script which downloads the setup.exe using wget commando. and runs wine notepad++.exe /S /Silent. might any of those work?
    – blade19899
    Jun 18, 2012 at 14:56
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    – ish
    Jun 26, 2012 at 11:10

2 Answers 2


The download links are not just any link but are the addresses of apt/debian repositories. If your specific software/program sets one up, you can add it but no, you can't add standard http links.

If you try to add them, and Software Sources lets you, that will break installs/updates on your system until you remove it.

  • He wants it for wine so yes those are windows installers ;)
    – Rinzwind
    Jun 18, 2012 at 14:32
  • The items for wine then are not compatible at all. The question is tagged as wine, so I assume its always for Windows programs he's asking. A crontab in userspace run daily might work, though...
    – Thomas Ward
    Jun 18, 2012 at 14:40
  • Ah ok, mobile site shows no tags :(
    – ish
    Jun 18, 2012 at 14:43

The Software Sources file can only access Debian repositories and Debian style program installers. Items on Launchpad, or the other sources you stated in your question are stored in a Debian repository on each location which contains items compatible with apt-get.

A regular download link, however, cannot be used in the software sources as an updateable item, especially for Windows files.

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