Problem: apt-get-repository Command is Missing

I was trying to install the latest version of git from the Ubuntu Git Maintainers Team and I needed to add a Personal Package Archive (PPA) to the Software Sources. But when I tried to do this, I got an error:


sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

Solution: Install the software-properties-common Package

To get the add-apt-repository command, install the software-properties-common package. For my Ubuntu version (precise), I also had to install the python-software-properties package:


$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties

Then then you add the PPA, update your sources, and upgrade your the package. In may case, I wanted to upgrade git, so I did the following:


$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install git

And boom — I was all set.

(See the related article about upgrading to the latest version of git: Upgrading Ubuntu to Use the Latest Git Version

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