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I'm trying to add this unoficcial repository to my Ubuntu 12.04 machine (32 bits), in order to install a software called SLTV. According to the official site, the following lines should be used:

deb http://debian.holoscopio.com/sltv/ ./
deb-src http://debian.holoscopio.com/sltv/ ./

If I add manually these 2 lines to /etc/apt/sources.list (or to a new file in etc/apt/sources.list.d/) and then run apt-get update, I get an error message -- I'm not at work now, so I can't provide the exact error, but I can edit this post to include the message tomorrow.

I noticed the repository lines in the above example don't have the "main/stable/whatever" arguments. I'm not exactly sure what they mean. I'm guessing it's related to the distro release and to the machine architecture.

From what I see on other repositories and packages such as dropbox, the line deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu karmic main are a reference to the http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/main/ folder.

But on this particular repository of the first example, the Packages.gz file is on the sltv folder. I'm guessing this is the reason for the ./ in the repository line. And I'm guessing this being in the repository line is the reason for the error.

My questions are:

  1. Are my guesses wrong or correct?
  2. In either case, how to proceed?
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This question has been on askubuntu for a week with no votes and no answers, so I deleted it from there and re-asked it here. –  That Brazilian Guy Dec 2 '12 at 15:19
With a trailing slash in the third column, apt looks for http://debian.holoscopio.com/sltv/./Release and so on, which is correct for this repository. Without a slash, apt looks for e.g. http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/karmic/Release. The repository works for me, by the way. Please copy-paste the error messages. –  Gilles Dec 2 '12 at 22:52
@Gilles sorry for taking your time. I tried the same proccess today and it worked fine. I don't know where I messed up previously. I'm so ashamed. –  That Brazilian Guy Dec 3 '12 at 14:59
@ruda.almeida Maybe there was just a transient network error, or similar. Please feel free to close the question. –  derobert Dec 3 '12 at 18:47
@derobert How do I properly close it? –  That Brazilian Guy Dec 3 '12 at 23:11
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I tried the same process now and it worked fine.

I can't figure out what was wrong before, but it was either a remote issue or some mistake by the user (me).

I have confirmed (and others confirm in comments), having ./ in a sources.list file is a valid syntax, at least in ubuntu 12.04.

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