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 Post subject: Adding PPA's
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:44 pm 
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When installing software from a PPA, I understand it is risky.

But if anything should break, is fixing it as simple as removing the package which was installed from the PPA? Or can the damage not be so easily reversed? I'm considering https://launchpad.net/~git-core/+archive/ubuntu/ppa to update git so I can use magit in Emacs. Would the package version 1:2.4.6-0ppa1~ubuntu14.10.1 listed at the previous link presumably be the equivalent of the backport of git for Ubuntu 14.04? It seems so, according to this:

Generally Safe PPAs
Generally Safe PPAs contain one or several programs made by a major organization (e.g., Google, Oracle), and the PPA itself is maintained by the major organization. This is the safest PPA because the software contained therein is very likely to have undergone serious testing before being released. Adding such a PPA to your system is unlikely to give unpredictable results, so long as you make sure to match your upstream distribution to the PPA (e.g., UberStudent 4.0 through 4.3 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty," so you would add the PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty" into UberStudent 4.0 through 4.3).

I installed git from this ppa in my virtual machine successfully. However, I won't know if it is really successful until I test it extensively, correct? Am I right in guessing that just because it installed without any explicit errors that it doesn't mean it was truly successful and compatible with my system?


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 Post subject: Re: Adding PPA's
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:23 am 
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That is definitely a safe PPA and should not give you any troubles at all. It is the latest stable release of git maintained by the people who package it for Ubuntu.

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