Friday, November 13, 2015

'apt-add-repository' command not found Debian / Ubuntu [Solution]

Written by Pranshu Bajpai |  | LinkedIn

You might have encountered certain non-standard packages that have no installation candidates in your current repositories. In such cases, you can try to add a new repository. However, you might have encountered an error that says: 'apt-add repository' command not found. The system currently has no path to the binary 'apt-add-repository' which is why it says it cannot find that command.

Here's the fix

Execute the following commands in your terminal:

(thanks to the author this script!)
$mv /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository

$chmod o+x /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository

$chown root:root /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository
If you are not using a 'root' account, then add a 'sudo' infront of each of these commands before executing them.

Now, trying adding the new repository again. For example:

$add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-2
$apt-get update

(the repository you are trying to add might be different in your case)

You should now be able to add new repositories to your system and install non-standard packages.

Please let me know in the comments below if you come across any issues.

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