## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports' ## repository.

stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net
Thu Apr 23 19:42:32 UTC 2009

chuck adams wrote:
> On Thursday 23 April 2009 10:52:04 Steven Vollom wrote:
>> This is my first time trying to understand what takes place using an
>> editor. It looks like I should perhaps remove the next two sentences (or
>> lines) to allow it to do what is pending.  Is that true.  How is this done?
>>  Do you delete the lines?  And, is the instruction to delete just two
>> lines, or two sentences or complete thoughts?  Logic suggests editing the
>> sentences, however I have learned that with computers words are crucial and
>> lines and sentences are different.  The whole comment is as follows?
>> ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
>> ## repository.
>> ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
>> ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
>> ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
>> ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
>> ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
>> # deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main restricted
>> universe multiverse
>> # deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main deb-src 
>> restricted universe multiverse
> ...snip snip...
>> Steven
> the last two lines become
> deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main restricted ...
> deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main ...
> by removing the # (hash or pound sign or octothorpe<name made up by
> engineers at AT&T/Bell Labs) and the space so that deb starts in column 1.
> This technique will occur many times in system admin work on LINUX/UNIX,
> so get used to it.  The ## lines are comment lines that should not be
> manipulated, so the writer really meant to say 'modify the two line following
> these lines with ##' or something of that nature.  Hard to get engineers
> and software writers to understand that writing instructions needs to be
> precise and clear.  The above being an example of same.
> chuck
So basically, I do nothing?  Is that correct?


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