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I want to install an application ion to Ubuntu call FreeDV. I have been given the following instructions...

add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list (or to named /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freedv.list):

$ deb http://repo.longlandclan.id.au/{DIST} {SUITE} main

For sources, add another line with deb replaced with deb-src:

$ deb-src http://repo.longlandclan.id.au/{DIST} {SUITE} main

I assume this means a file or set of files should be copied to directories on my hard drive. I have found the directory and I have found the "Packages" But I cannot copy or drag or extract the file(s) once they are downloaded.

Help?

Thank you

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First you would I'll mention that freedv is already in the default repository of Ubuntu. You can install something from the repository by running this in the terminal commandline:

$ sudo apt-get install [program to install]

Replace [program to install] with the package name. In this case the package name is freedv.

So you can install freedv with this actual commandline:

$ sudo apt-get install freedv

In direct response to the specific details of you question you can add specific sites to the repository by editing the /etc/apt/sources.list and updating the cache. You would replace the variables with your actual installation. In my case I'm running Ubuntu 15.10, which is code name wily.

So in this case I would edit the sources list with an editor such as gedit with:

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Notice what is appended at the bottom of the file:

/etc/apt/sources.list:

# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily main restricted

# This is a comment to remind me of what is appended by me to the list
# Freedv repo
deb http://repo.longlandclan.id.au/ubuntu wily main

Notice that you can include your own text comments in the file to remind you what changes you have made by prefixing the line with a # symbol.

After saving your file you would update the cache with:

$ sudo apt-get update

Then from there proceed to install (using the apt-get install command above.

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