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PPAs and distributions upgrades

It’s not new but in case you didn’t know, when you use the Update Manager to change your distribution, PPAs are disabled by the dist upgrade script and must be re-enabled manually.

This just happened with Natty on Apr 28. It’s visible on the Chromium Daily PPA stats:

..that’s why the Google Chrome deb ships a cron job to re-add the repository if it’s gone. In the past, I discarded the idea as too intrusive, but maybe I should reconsider doing the same with the 4 Ubuntu Channels, as it doesn’t make sense security-wise to keep a browser unupgraded.

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  1. Evan
    May 19, 2011 at 15:08

    If you create a /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades.d/foo.cfg file that contains

    [Sources]
    AllowThirdParty=yes

    then third-party sources.list entries will be updated along with the rest of the system. This requires the sources.list entry to contain a release name (i.e. “natty” or “maverick”), so it wouldn’t work for Chrome (which uses “stable”, “beta”, and “unstable”), but it would work for PPAs. The setting also applies globally for all third-party sources.list entries.

    • fta
      May 19, 2011 at 15:44

      as you said, it’s global to all PPAs but I don’t want to do that for PPAs I know nothing about as i’m not sure they will not break the system.

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