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Drat – SparkleShare unofficial PPA includes breaking update

The SparkleShare unofficial PPA contains a python-gobject update that breaks a number of things, including software center/update manager, gedit plugins, etc. On the page for this PPA it does now mention that it’s not recommended for Ubuntu Precise 12.04 – but it’s a bit too late for me to avoid issues.

What’s more, ppa-purge ppa:rebuntu16/sparkleshare+unofficial doesn’t seem to work – it tries to remove most of the packages installed on my system. Same result when trying to force versions with Synaptic. Thus, I unfortunately had to write my own little tool, using python-apt. It asks for no confirmation, and the only test is that it worked on my machine. Consider this fair warning. The script is here.

Run the script to apply the changes, then edit your sources.list or sources.list.d to remove this source, sudo apt-get update, and check in Synaptic to make sure you didn’t miss anything (which would now show up in the Status panel under “Installed (local or obsolete)”).

If anybody wants to help make this an improved replacement for ppa-purge, please let me know and I’ll fork it into a real GitHub repo instead of just a Gist.

If you mixed Git and Dropbox, and made it open source…

…you’d get SparkleShare. It automatically synchronizes directories to Git repositories, whether you host them locally or on some service like GitHub.

Now, don’t get me wrong: this isn’t how you want to do version control for your software, where meaningful commits are important.  This is more for “data” or “asset” files – I’ve seen it used for project artwork/icons, for instance. It can also be handy for managing an essentially static web site built with a tool like Jekyll. For those use cases, it can be a great tool, particularly for non-programmers.

I’ve recorded a screencast showing how to install (even as a non-admin) the app on Windows, set it up to link with your GitHub account (they handle ssh keys transparently in the background), and add your first repo. Enjoy!

 

[EDIT TO ADD]: Ubuntu includes SparkleShare in its repos, but it’s an outdated version (in all releases). A useful PPA to add would be this: https://launchpad.net/~rebuntu16/+archive/sparkleshare+unofficial Note that SparkleShare requires Git, and the newer the version of Git, the better your life generally is, so make sure you have the Git update PPA also enabled: https://launchpad.net/~git-core/+archive/ppa . Something like this would add them for you:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/sparkleshare+unofficial
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
(optionally sudo apt-get dist-upgrade or other method of upgrading your git packages)
sudo apt-get install sparkleshare