Howto: Access packages through Apt-get/Synaptic

August 5, 2007 at 7:02 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 27 Comments

Ok, so it’s not really Xubuntu-related, but it is something that I think will be helpful to a lot of people. If you’re a user, you can use this tip to sync your GetDeb packages with the update manager and Synaptic.

As of July 26, 2008, this repository is unusable. You can still add it correctly to your /etc/apt/sources.list, but any updates from their repository will fail to download. You will have to continue using the main website until further notice. Sorry for the inconvience.

WARNING: This repo seems to update to the latest Ubuntu version at random times. Currently it is supported for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. If you use any other version, you will have package conflicts. This repo also does not have an authentication key. You’ve been warned.

1) Open up a terminal (Xfce Menu > Terminal) and run the following:

gksudo mousepad /etc/apt/sources.list

2) Put in the following on a new line at the end of the file:

deb getdeb/

Save the file and exit.

3) Now run the following in the terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If all works well, you should get updates for the programs you downloaded through, and be able to install programs through the Synaptic package manager.

From my experience, the site has occasional downtime. If running sudo apt-get update gives you 404 Errors relating to, don’t panic. Simply be patient and try rerunning sudo apt-get update later in the day.




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  1. […] Vía: Xubuntu Blog […]

  2. I take it this is a third-party (as in: not by repository? If so, how up-to-date is it? Does it check daily or so for new packages or do new/updated packages at automatically appear in this repository?

  3. It’s a mirror of GetDeb, so yes, it always stays up-to-date.

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  6. E: Malformed line 47 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)

    when i try to apt-get update after including that line in my sources.list file i get the above error… do you know what could be wrong?

  7. Could you please post your /etc/apt/sources.list (specifically, line 47)?

  8. site has been updated to deb getdeb/ <~~~ need a / after otherwise great guide 😀

  9. no key is needed for this?

  10. I have a question. In GetDeb website, you can download different deb for Ubuntu feisty, dapper, edgy, 32bit Ubuntu, and 64bit Ubuntu. If you add this repo. How would it know which version to install?

  11. Libre: It doesn’t know. I have Feisty and it keeps trying to install packages that only work with Gutsy. You end up with unresolved dependencies and broken packages. I find it completely unusable. They need to set up specific repos (like every other repo does) but they haven’t.

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  15. I would just like to point out a few things to keep your system safe.

    1. Do NOT apply every howto you find on some blog.
    2. Only use repos that (a) Have a gpg key to authenticate every package you install (b) have seperate repos for seperate distro releases.

    This howto is a joke coming from somebody who screamed about Automatix having it’s own repo.

  16. this howto is usefull for 7.10 i386 distro, it isnt joke

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  18. Thank you so much… It did work for me.

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