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Old 04-27-2013, 02:49 AM   #1
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add-apt-repository not working.

Let me say first, First post, so sorry if this is the wrong subforum.

Okay, my main issue right now starts with that I was stupid and tried to do something that I did not know how to do first hand. That is install Ubuntu from netinstall to attempt to get some of the ... waste out of the system. Install went well, let me say that first.

After install, I ran these commands:
 Sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install abiword 
sudo apt-get install xfce4 
exec ck-launch-session startxfce4
Now I am in xfce4 and am running just fine, but no network, as it is throwing an error of "failed to execute default Web Browser Input/Output error". Fine, I was only going to download Opera, so I went to the laptop and downloaded the i386 version for ubuntu, put it on flashkey, and transferred that to the desktop. It is there in .deb form.
However, here is the next issue, it won't launch. The package manager is not an option to load it up with. FINE, I will go through the terminal and install firefox from there.
First up, add the repository via
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-security/ppa
. That outputs the error
 sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found
. To solve that, I google the error and find it is fixed (usually) by adding python-software-properties package to the system. So I went and used the command
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
and it seemed to work. So I reran apt-get update and add-apt-repository, but I am still getting the error. So out of ideas.

Anyone else know how to fix this?
**BTW- these are the guides I am following to try and get this working. -I'm sure that 15 is not the latest, but the process should be the same.
Old 04-30-2013, 12:09 PM   #2
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Two things here:
1) If you're using Ubuntu 12.10 or later then the package containing add-apt-repository looks to have moved:
2) The second article is, in my opinion, pointless and potentially problematic. If you want Firefox then simply apt-get install firefox -- there is as note to that effect on the page but it is not clear. I suspect that back when that article was written a whole 8 months ago that Firefox 15 was new and exciting but now it is old, outdated advice.


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