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How To Add Launchpad PPAs In Debian Via `add-apt-repository` Command

"add-apt-repository" is an Ubuntu-specific script to add or remove repositories which, among others, automatically imports the public GPG key. For more information, see its man page.

You can use "add-apt-repository" in Debian to add Launchpad PPAs however, there are a few things that you should know. Read on to find out how to use "add-apt-repository" in Debian.

Important: many Launchpad PPAs are not compatible with Debian, because the packages are built against specific Ubuntu libraries. Some Launchpad PPAs work in Debian though - for example, the WebUpd8 Java and Atom PPAs. So make sure you know what you're doing before adding a Launchpad PPA in Debian!

Fix "Cannot add PPA. Please check that the PPA name or format is correct" And Other CA-Certificates Related Issues In Ubuntu

Yesterday I encountered an issue in Ubuntu related to CA-certificates which resulted in errors when trying to add PPA repositories, cloning GIT repositories and more and I decided to make an article on how to fix these issues in Ubuntu, in case you run into the same issue.

Y PPA Manager 0.9.9.1 Released With Ubuntu 13.10 Fixes

Today I've released Y PPA Mangager 0.9.9.1 which brings bug fixes for the latest Ubuntu 13.10 as well as some changes on how the tool works.

Y PPA Manager

For those not familiar with Y PPA Manager, this is a tool that lets you easily add, remove or purge PPAs as well as search for packages in Launchpad PPAs, a feature that should be very useful when you can't find a PPA for your favourite app on WebUpd8 or other similar websites. Other features include:

Y PPA Manager 0.9.9 Released With Support For Linux Mint 15 And Ubuntu 13.10 [Quick Update]

Quick update: today I've released Y PPA Manager 0.9.9 with support for Linux Mint 15 Olivia as well as the latest Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (currently under development).


For those not familiar with Y PPA Manager, this is a tool that lets you easily add, remove or purge PPAs as well as search for packages in Launchpad PPAs, a feature that should be very useful when you can't find a PPA for your favourite app on WebUpd8 or other similar websites. Other features include:

Install PPA-Purge With Multi-Arch Support In Ubuntu

The ppa-purge package available in the official Ubuntu repositories is not multi-arch aware, so purging PPAs like xorg-edgers or gnome3 doesn't work correctly on 64bit systems.

A few hours ago, thanks to Tim Lunn's work, a branch that adds multiarch support has been merged into the main ppa-purge branch, fixing this bug. The fix should be available in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail soon, but I don't know if it will be backported for older Ubuntu versions so to make this fix available for Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 users, I've uploaded the latest ppa-purge from BZR to the main WebUpd8 PPA.


For those not familiar with PPA Purge, this is a command line tool that downgrades all the packages installed from a PPA to the versions available in the official Ubuntu repositories