AptURL Policy Discussion

Registered by Robbie Williamson on 2009-05-25

Discussion on the policy of using apturl

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
Colin Watson
Priority:
Medium
Drafter:
Michael Vogt
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Michael Vogt
Definition:
Review
Series goal:
Accepted for karmic
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
milestone icon karmic-alpha-3
Started by
Michael Vogt on 2009-07-14
Completed by
Steve Langasek on 2009-08-27

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Sprints

Whiteboard

apt-url-policy on gobby

This is rickspencer3:
I feel strongly that:
1. It should be much easier than it is for developers to get their apps to users, and it should be much easier for users to install such software. PPAs is potentially good way to do this. Finding PPAs and exchanging keys should be much easier.
2. The way that users get PPAs (or whatever the solution is) should be very separate (but still easy) from the way that users install software that has run the relevant Ubuntu gauntlets.

As I said I would, I've compiled some mock-ups of what I was talking about at the session:
http://doctormo.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/ubuntu-apt-url-and-the-white-list/
See also https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/jaunty-apturl-add-repo

Implementation status:
1. software-properties fetches a ppa key automatically when adding a ppa
2. software-properites "Third-Party/Add" supports shorthand "ppa:name" syntax (and auto-key fetching)
3. there is a commandline tool "add-apt-repository" that can add PPAs (and normal repos). For PPAs shorthand synatx and keyfetching is supported
4. update-manager shows the origin for packages comming from a PPA

The display of PPA changelogs is blocked on https://bugs.launchpad.net/soyuz/+bug/118870
The auto-adding of depedant PPAs is blocked on https://bugs.launchpad.net/soyuz/+bug/385129

I set this to beta-available for the software-properties improvements.

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Work Items

Dependency tree

* Blueprints in grey have been implemented.