Instructions for adding PPA needlessly involve the Terminal

Bug #571361 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2010-04-28
This bug affects 3 people
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Bug Description

<> links to <> as its Ubuntu download.

On <>, the instructions for adding the PPA are in a "Read about installing" link, and describe in detail how to do it using the terminal.

The instructions would be simpler and easier to follow if they instead described how to add the PPA in Software Sources. For now, this should be presented in the context of Ubuntu Software Center, i.e. "Edit" > "Software Sources".

See also bug 330386.

[This problem was originally discovered by Lauren Van Bever. <>]

Changed in soyuz:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Matthew Revell (matthew.revell)
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Also, it is misleading for the end of the help to link to <>, since that page is entirely about publishing software to a PPA, not about installing software from it.

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas <email address hidden> wrote:
> The instructions would be simpler and easier to follow if they instead
> described how to add the PPA in Software Sources. For now, this should
> be presented in the context of Synaptic, i.e. "Settings" >
> "Repositories".

Would System->Software Sources be better ? (ie. more general than Synaptic).

SilverWave (silverwave) wrote :

I think that may be a mischaracterization... I would describe it as "efficient" rather than "needlessly".

I can give users instructions to do this via the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

Or This via the GUI:
System >
Administration >
Synaptic Package Manager >
Settings >
Repositories >
Other Software
Add Source
Quick Search for handbrake-gtk
Mark for Installation

Just Saying.

SilverWave (silverwave) wrote :

How about this:

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding
to your system's Software Sources.

Or from the Terminal (9.10 and above):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jd-team/jdownloader
sudo apt-get update

(Read about installing to 9.04 and older)

Obviously substituting "ppa:jd-team/jdownloader" for what ever is the ppa.

This give the majority of users the command they need on the first page.
Users of older version can follow the link.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Michael: Giving instructions on getting to Software Sources directly would make sense, except that people adding a PPA almost always do that to install software from the PPA. Synaptic is the only graphical way of installing a package from a PPA in Ubuntu 9.10. Once 9.10 is no longer maintained, we can change the context to Ubuntu Software Center instead.

SilverWave: Efficiency is good, but any solution that involves the Terminal is not appropriate for people like Lauren. <> And I'm pretty sure "adding ppa:jd-team/jdownloader to your system's Software Sources" wouldn't be specific enough, either. If we can be graphically specific and show terminal instructions in an obviously distinct way, then great.

Matthew Revell (matthew.revell) wrote :

This is something Huw and I will take a look at with the new Usability and Comms Specialist.

tags: added: help
description: updated
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The appropriate solution might now be to suggest to the JDownloader developers to submit their application at, instead of directing end users to a PPA.

Robert Collins (lifeless) wrote :

6 months w/no progress; I'm going to put this back in the general bucket.

Changed in launchpad:
assignee: Matthew Revell (matthew.revell) → nobody
description: updated
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