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0003605Site[All Projects] Documentationpublic2019-02-07 15:082019-02-11 14:38
Assigned ToBlzut3 
PrioritynormalSeveritytrivialReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformOSOS Version
Summary0003605: instructions depend on apt-add-repository, which is not installed in Debian by default
DescriptionAlthough the instructions at DRD Team Debian Package Repository index page are aimed mainly for Ubuntu (and truthfully, no dists exists in the repository for Debian but Ubuntu's multiverse dist), many of the packages work with Debian too.

Unfortunately for Debian users, there's a dependency on apt-add-repository(1) (software-properties-common package) which is not installed in Debian by default. I don't find much reason to prefer the apt-add-repository(1) script over something more trivial, let's say, tee(1) or stdout redirection.

Would the DRD Team accommodate Debian users by changing the command a little bit, by removing the dependency on apt-add-repository(1)? That's one thing less to install for Debian users.
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To use, use the following command or add the "deb ..." line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

$ wget -O- [^] | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-add-repository 'deb [^] stable multiverse'
Additional Information
$ dpkg -S $(which apt-add-repository tee)
software-properties-common: /usr/bin/apt-add-repository
coreutils: /usr/bin/tee
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User avatar (0020342)
WubTheCaptain (reporter)
2019-02-07 15:09
edited on: 2019-02-07 15:12


echo "deb [^] stable multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/drdteam.list

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb [^] stable multiverse' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/drdteam.list"

sudo sh -c "printf 'deb [^] stable multiverse' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/drdteam.list"

User avatar (0020355)
Blzut3 (administrator)
2019-02-08 02:56

The target audience for the instructions are people new to Linux distributions so while I agree that there's not much benefit over one the suggestions, the tool does make the process look a lot simpler. Also as of late apt-add-repository automatically does an apt update for the user.

What I will do is make the sentence preceding the instructions a little more clear that adding the line manually is an option over the commands.
User avatar (0020363)
WubTheCaptain (reporter)
2019-02-11 14:38

Also, [^] but don't care to make a new issue.

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- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-02-07 15:08 WubTheCaptain New Issue
2019-02-07 15:09 WubTheCaptain Note Added: 0020342
2019-02-07 15:11 WubTheCaptain Note Edited: 0020342 View Revisions
2019-02-07 15:12 WubTheCaptain Note Edited: 0020342 View Revisions
2019-02-08 02:56 Blzut3 Note Added: 0020355
2019-02-08 02:56 Blzut3 Assigned To => Blzut3
2019-02-08 02:56 Blzut3 Status new => acknowledged
2019-02-11 14:38 WubTheCaptain Note Added: 0020363

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