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Title: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on July 31, 2021, 05:31:10 am
Synaptic offers an old 2019 version of the radio programming app CHIRP.

The latest version is here:
https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/ (https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/)

Is the best practice to download the .gz package then to use gdebi to unpack and install it, please?

Thanks
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on July 31, 2021, 11:27:33 pm
Please allow me to restate my question ...

If I install CHIRP (or fldigi, or any other app) from the Repository can I then update it/them directly?

[The Repository versions are old.]

Or, does someone have to update the Repository for me?

https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/ (https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/)

http://www.w1hkj.com/files/fldigi/ (http://www.w1hkj.com/files/fldigi/)
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: pavroo on August 01, 2021, 12:15:12 am
There is no deb package so if you don't want ot install it from Debian repos, use flatpak instead.
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on August 01, 2021, 12:42:56 am
Thank you for your reply.

I'd not like to be dependent on nagging the Repository manager(s) for all of the niche apps I may want to use.

I don't see a Flatpak selection in Synaptic or APTus.

I'm not sure how to install CHIRP (or some other app) via Flatpak in SparkyLinux.

I'll keep notes so I don't ask my Newbie questions more than once.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: pavroo on August 01, 2021, 01:06:15 am
Flatpak packages can be installed by flatpak, read the wiki page:
https://wiki.debian.org/FlatPak
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on August 01, 2021, 03:28:12 am
Entered "Flathub" into the duckduckgo-enabled Firefox browser and it's right there.

Of course that only covers what's been added to the Flathub repository.

I'll have to see if there's an electronics/radio related repository that keeps apps not in Flathub up to date.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on August 01, 2021, 04:26:37 am


I tried to add this ...

"sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dansmith/chirp-snapshots"

Last line reads:

"aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Sparky/Sid"

Is there a workaround, please?

Thanks
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: pavroo on August 01, 2021, 10:42:59 am
You can't add ppa, it is for Ubuntu not for Debian.
Title: Re: Installing a Newer Version than Synaptic Offers
Post by: kd4e on August 01, 2021, 03:49:29 pm
OK, understood.

One site lists their PPA version as Ubuntu/Debian.

The CHIRP site includes a Flatpak version so I guess that's the best way to get the most-current version?

https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/ (https://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/)

(Does using a Flatpak mean that I have to manually update that app, because it's not in system-wide Repository-based update?)

Thanks