Adding a feature to enable a third party repository to an application

Mario Limonciello superm1 at
Thu Oct 27 02:20:09 UTC 2011

Hi Steve,

It actually is done as a ppa, but we mirror it to other locale specific
locations for speed purposes and use mcc to enable it for usability.

I'll ask the mythbuntu folks at uds to join that session. I'll see you

On Oct 26, 2011 7:58 PM, "Steve Langasek" <steve.langasek at> wrote:

> Hi Mario,
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 01:19:42PM -0500, Mario Limonciello wrote:
> > In Mythbuntu we have a tool called Mythbuntu Control Centre (MCC) that
> has a
> > pluggable infrastructure for adding support via other packages.  One of
> the
> > plugins available is a package called "mythbuntu-repos".  This package
> isn't
> > currently on the archive, but stored solely on
> >  This package adds an additional tab
> to
> > MCC which allows the user to enable or disable an extra repository for
> > mythtv updates.  This repository contains packages kicked off by a script
> > that will build updated mythtv builds to both the current stable branch
> and
> > the current master branch.  Users can select either one from the
> repository.
> > Thus far we've been reluctant to bring this feature directly into the
> > packages in the archive.  More and more however, we're finding ourselves
> > recommending users go that URL to enable auto-builds and then update to
> the
> > latest of the stable branch to determine if the problem is present there.
> > So we're considering bringing the feature to enable the repository
> directly
> > into MCC without additional plugins, but of course leaving the repository
> > disabled until the user opts in to it.
> > I wanted to get feedback from other Ubuntu developers.  What do you think
> > about allowing the user to enable a third party source from this tool?
> This is a very timely question.  I've just registered a blueprint about the
> security problems of how we handle third-party packages today:
> There will be a session to discuss this at UDS next week.
> Is there a reason that your third-party repo isn't done as a PPA?
> Cheers,
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