Neon 5′s Many PPAs & APT

Project Neon 5, the KDE Frameworks 5 version of Kubuntu‘s continuous KDE software¬† delivery system, has more than one package repositories balancing quality and update frequency in different ways. This post is supposed to help those of you who, like me, wish to use whatever works best and therefore need to switch PPAs from time to time.

APT really comes in handy for this. As it allows you to pretty freely move between versions of a package through increasing pinning priority on a different PPA.

First you add all three repositories and create a file /etc/apt/preferences.d/kf5 containing:

 Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5-snapshot-weekly
 Pin-Priority: 350

Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5-snapshot-daily
 Pin-Priority: 250

Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5
 Pin-Priority: 150

Now all you need to do is increase the priority of any of the entries to switch to that snapshot and run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

APT will then automagically move your entire KDE Frameworks 5 stack to the version in the PPA with the highest priority.

So magic.

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