add-apt-repository should have an option to remove ppa from sources.list

Bug #446216 reported by Bernd Schlapsi on 2009-10-08
This bug affects 19 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Software Properties
software-properties (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Lucid by Heimen Stoffels

Bug Description

With the "Software Sources" GUI it's possible to delete an configured ppa entry. But there is no possibility to delete a ppa with the add-apt-repository command. A new option would be nice:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xxxxxxx

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Oct 8 12:36:17 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: python-software-properties 0.75.4
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-12.41-generic
SourcePackage: software-properties
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-12-generic i686

Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) wrote :
Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) wrote :

the script add-apt-repository uses the python package "softwareproperties. And there is the class method "SoftwareProperties.remove_source".

So far as I understand the source-code, the functionality is in the used library but not in the "add-apt-repository" script

Bernd Schlapsi (bernd-sch) wrote :

I wrote a "add-apt-repository" version which supports a --remove option

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Alessandro Lanave (ingalex) wrote :

I've realized a script to remove ppa repository launchpad added with add-apt-repository.
sintax: sudo remove-apt-repository <repository_name>/<eventual_subdirectory>

You can find it here:

Narcis Garcia (narcisgarcia) wrote :

Another nice option could be a friendly description to be seen in the GUI:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xxxxx "This aplication"

Heimen Stoffels (vistaus) wrote :

I can confirm this bug. Will it be fixed when 10.04 comes out?

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
mac9416 (mac9416) wrote :

Hi, Bernd,

When I run 'patch < diff.txt' in the python-software-properties source directory, patch throws this error: "patch: **** Only garbage was found in the patch input."

Looking at your diff file, it doesn't look like others I've seen. What do you think the problem could be?

tags: added: patch-needswork
mac9416 (mac9416) wrote :

Here is an updated patch for Software Properties 0.75.10. I haven't had a chance to test it thoroughly, but I will.

mac9416 (mac9416) wrote :

I tested the patch, and everything seems to work fine. I've submitted a merge request here:

I'm not sure if I should change the patch-needswork tag to patch-forwarded-upstream or not since, as someone put it in #ubuntu-reviews, "we are our own upstream". Perhaps one of the Powers That Be can clear that up.

Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Linked the branch with the bug.
@mac9416: Please change the tag, a different project on Launchpad counts as upstream. I was confused there for a moment..

mac9416 (mac9416) wrote :

Done. Thanks, Philip!

tags: added: patch-forwarded-upstream
removed: patch-needswork
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-properties - 0.76

software-properties (0.76) maverick; urgency=low

  [ Jonathan Harker ]
  * Improve documentation for apt-add-repository (LP: #586790)

  [ mac9416 ]
  * Fixed bug LP: #446216: added --remove option to add-apt-reporitory.
  * Fixed Bug LP: #579669 which points out that add-apt-repository will
    create a sources.list.d file with illegal characters
    if there are illegal characters in a PPA name

  [ Andrea Corbellini ]
  * Automatically create a deb-src line when adding a new repository
    (LP: 399711)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * add test for LP: #579669 and use re.sub() instead of urllib.quote()
  * merged lp:~alexzak/software-properties/fixes, many thanks

  [ Erik B. Andersen ]
  * Fixed depreciation warnings

  [ Brandon Tomlinson ]
  * Altered data/glade/ Put the bottom buttons in a button box
    to make the buttons assume the correct width (LP: #515990)
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:38:45 +0200

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
david6 (andrew-dowden) wrote :

NOTE: Erroneously prompts with '.. about to ADD the following ..', which you can safely ignore.

John Doe (johndoe32102002) wrote :

Still not fixed... the PPAs are not in the sources.list or anywhere where a user can remove them

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