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

Myriam Schweingruber myriam at ubuntu.com
Fri Apr 24 01:23:20 UTC 2009

Hi all,

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 01:34, Ignazio Palmisano <ignazio_io at yahoo.it> wrote:
> stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net wrote:
>>>> # deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main
>>>> restricted universe multiverse"
>> So do I remove the remaining # from the last two entries, or just leave
>> it alone?  Thanks.  Your Italian is just fine, I will learn eventually.
> Remove it.

I am not sure that this is the correct answer to what Steven was asking.

Steven, if you remove those hash signs, it means that you will enable
the 'backports' repository. Please, do enable this repository only if
you need backported packages for your system.
Most of the time, this is *not* needed by most of the users, as it
makes new packages not finished at the time of the release available
to those who need them.
If you do your package upgrades automatically - i.e. without checking
package by package what is going to be installed and choosing only the
needed ones - I strongly suggest to you *not* to enable the

IMHO you have had enough trouble with your system so far, no need to
add another layer of possible issues.

FYI: if you need a particular package from the 'backports' repository
in the future, you can still enable those later.

Then, usually one does not need to remove the hash signs ## in front
of the lines beginning with deb-src. These repositories provide the
source code for the binary packages available. If you are not going to
develop and compile packages, you do *not* need the source

On a final note: the average user doesn't have to edit the
/etc/apt/sources.list file. There is kpackagekit in the SystemSettings
or any other GUI frontend of apt where you can choose the repositories
you want to enable. If you are not 100% sure to know how to handle an
editor, do not touch such files.

Steven, if you want to learn how to use an editor, be it vim, nano or
kate or whatever, just make example files yourself and get trained.
Editing system settings with an editor is not the recommended way to
learn the use of an editor, you can break sensible things so please,
think twice...

Regards, Myriam.

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