I am trying to burn a DVD using GParted (not a DVD of GParted).

I see that GParted uses a Debian distro (Wheezy). I am trying to install dvd+rw-tools:

sudo apt-get install dvd+rw-tools

Package dvd+rw-tools is not availble, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only availble from another source

Fine. Then I try to add another repository:

sudo apt-add repository ppa:ferramroberto/extra

sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

Then, I try to install python-software-properties:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

And get

Unable to locate package python-software-properties

How can I make this work?


2 Answers 2


First of all don't use ppa repos for this. The dvd+rw-tools package is available in the main debian repositories. Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add this line:

deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free

The update the list of available packages:

$ sudo apt-get update

Now you should be able to install dvd+rw-tools:

$ sudo apt-get install dvd+rw-tools

You probably don't even need to do that. If you follow the instructions given in the link you provide in your question and try to install wodim, it should also install all its dependencies. If the correct repository is present everything should work.

  • You need an apt-get update in there. I'm going to go ahead and edit it in for you, feel free to revert if you disagree.
    – derobert
    Feb 22, 2013 at 17:30
  • I think you need to refer to the wheezy repo (see the OP)
    – Joseph R.
    May 24, 2013 at 11:16

Just run:

apt-get install software-properties-common

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    Welcome here. Note, magician answers like "just run &$§%"§$% and it will work" don't look very well. Explain the background to the OP.
    – peterh
    Feb 21, 2017 at 14:54
  • They also tend to age spectacularly poorly.
    – Shadur
    Jan 5, 2021 at 13:45

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