Re: A note regarding PPA's...
Thanks for your Post about 'apt-cache' options, I presume it was directed towards my query about how to find out what is available from a 'ppa'.
I was aware of those options from 'man apt-cache', but I cannot see the relevance.
What I was after was how to know what 'ppa' would provide a package that I was searching for, or what packages - especially version numbers - a specific 'ppa' would provide. Not details of what packages were already available from the cache.
@sgage, What I am looking at is the Synaptic display, with "nvidia"in the 'Quick Filter' box, the 'nvidia-settings' entry highlighted, and I have clicked on 'Origin'. The result is the lefthand sub-window shows a list of all the 'ppa's in my 'sources' list, but none of them are highlighted, so what...... ?????
Thanks for your response. I can only repeat that I find Synaptic obscure and impenetrable.
For instance I am using nvidia 295.53 and 295.59 but though Synaptic lists nvidia-settings 295.53, neither of the drivers are listed, and the nvidia-current listed is the notorious bugged version, 295.40; which apt-get cache policy also lists as 'Candidate'.
I presume they are not listed because they were not installed with dpkg or apt-get, but that is only a guess.
I would like to know -[Edit: - how to find out -] - whether either 295.53 or 295.59 versions are available from the 'ppa's, and if so , how to get them installed. I am not prepared to find out by using apt-get install, without knowing which version will be supplied, from previous disastrous experiences of the bugged version.
Last edited by bogan; June 27th, 2012 at 08:28 PM.
Reason: note added
"Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
They did things differently in those days, apparently!!