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Update Ubuntu Repository list using Software Sources GUI Tool

Ubuntu’s software package installation uses a list of repositories that house the various updates and software that you can install. By default, the repository list doesn’t include a lot of the 3rd party tools that you might want to install.

Most of the instructions for adding extra repositories tell you how to use the command line tool, but for new Ubuntu users, a GUI tool is probably more useful.

Ubuntu Edgy includes a software tool that lets you manage these repositories easily. You can find the tool on the System \ Administration \ Software Sources menu.

When you launch the tool, you’ll be presented with a dialog that allows you to easily check the boxes, or even change your download location from the default of US repositories:

For most publicly available software, you’ll want to enable the universe repository. If you navigate to the other tabs you can also choose how often the automatic updates feature checks for new updates.

Tested on: Ubuntu Edgy Eft

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  • Published 10/27/06

Comments (5)

  1. Steve

    That worked! I was getting “Couldn’t find package XXXXX” every time I’d try to install something. Thanks.

  2. lexrexus

    For my Ubuntu dapper Gparted install, how do I find and download with windows ‘lbxml-parser-perl’?

    AND then I think I can get it to my ubuntu dapper desktop and unpack it, but where does it need to go and what’s the syntax to get it there?

    All info I have found about installing stuff assumes connectivity in Lnx. Thanks!!

  3. Joshua_Brighton

    What do i do if the third party tab contains a multitude of custom sources but sources.list doesnt?

  4. shivaram

    can any buddy tell me how to download ubuntu video&audio packages
    i am till searching pls send me reply

  5. Joseph Martel

    How to fix the repository using GUI. Ubuntu 10.04. Or can a get a clean install from 11.10? Without an repositories to fix.

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