Problem with Debian PPA

I installed the Audacity PPA for my Linux Mint Debian install. They don’t seem to work. Is there another PPA I should be using instead?

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I’m not aware of a Debian PPA, but there is a Ubuntu PPA here:
There is a link on that page for "questions and bugs with software in this PPA " .

Note that PPA packages are not intended for production use.

If you want to test the most recent code, you should build Audacity from the current SVN source code.
For “production” use you should use the current release version for your system, or build Audacity from the latest release source code (available here:


I already have the Audacity PPA installed in Linux Mate 13 and Linux XFCE 13. Works fine but I will take your advice and reinstall Audacity with the current release, and disable the Audacity PPA. Thanks again!!

Should I install Audacity from the Sofware Center in Linux Mint or should I head on over to the Audacity page and install the latest version from there? I’m not sure if the latest Audacity release is in the repos yet.

The current version of Audacity is 2.0.2
There are few functional differences from 2.0 to 2.0.2 so if there is any 2.x version in the repository I would suggest that you try that.

OK. I will. I installed the latest version in the Ubuntu repos, but for future reference, what are the steps to compile the latest version after downloading and extracting the Audacity folder and then compiling it?

Download and extract the tarball (the recommended “minimal source” should be sufficient)

sudo apt-get build-dep audacity

Change to the folder where you extracted the tarball



sudo make install

Thanks I will try that. This is brand new territory for me. Appreciate it!

By the way, is there an Audacity PPA that I can use to ensure I am always using the latest release version, and not the daily builds?

What am I doing wrong? I started following your code instructions and I seem to have a problem after implementing the first line of code.

randy@mint13mate ~/Desktop/audacity-src-2.0.2 $ ls
audacity.dox config.sub help LICENSE.txt README.txt configure images locale nyquist src
config.guess install-sh m4 plug-ins win
config.log dox2-src lib-src mac presets
randy@mint13mate ~/Desktop/audacity-src-2.0.2 $ sudo apt-get build-dep audacity
[sudo] password for randy:
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
E: Unable to find a source package for audacity
randy@mint13mate ~/Desktop/audacity-src-2.0.2 $

Don’t Panic !!! :stuck_out_tongue:

“apt” is looking in the locations (sources) that are defined in your “sources list” (the list of available repositories).
Have you disabled the Audacity PPA?

To open (read only) the sources list:

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

If you don’t have gedit installed, use any other text editor.

Please post your sources list.

Here you go:

deb maya main upstream import
deb precise main restricted universe multiverse
deb precise-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb precise-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb precise partner
deb precise free non-free

deb precise-getdeb apps

deb precise-getdeb games

deb precise main
deb-src precise main

I think you are missing the “multi-media” repository (not the same as “medibuntu”).

Try running:

apt install debian-multimedia-keyring

and then:

apt update