make it easy to add proposed; help text outdated

Bug #1829588 reported by Seth Arnold on 2019-05-18
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software-properties (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Adding -proposed should be as easy as running:

sudo add-apt-repository proposed

But this doesn't work:
$ sudo add-apt-repository proposed
Error: 'proposed' invalid

It'd be nice if add-apt-repository could work for all of:

- adding main
- adding restricted
- adding universe
- adding multiverse
- adding partners

- adding proposed
- adding security
- adding universe


Seth Arnold (seth-arnold) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thanks Seth, the "handle proposed" and "remove outdated example" should probably be separate reports. Note that the project is owned by ubuntu-core-dev and you can proposed code changes against (removing the outdated websites should be easy, unsure if we want to replace them with another similar example to still describe the corresponding syntax variant though)

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Its worth mentioning that software-properties-gtk has a "Developer Options" tab that allows you to enabled and disabled -proposed (provided you aren't using a local mirror of the archive) and that is the preferred method to enable -proposed. Which wiki page were you looking at? It probably needs updating.

Additionally I briefly looked at the code for add-apt-repository and it seems to have support for enabling / disabling components (e.g. multiverse) but not pockets (e.g. -proposed).

Seth Arnold (seth-arnold) wrote :

The wiki page does have the software properties method documented:

I don't have software-properties-gtk installed (and until now didn't know the name of the command to launch it), so apt-add-repository was my first attempt.


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