I am new to linux, and just beginning to learn bash. I am using Ubuntu 9.04, and would like to add repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list from the command line. Basically, I would like to do this:
sudo echo "[some repository]" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
However, even when I use sudo, I get this error:
bash: /etc/apt/sources.list: Permission denied
How do I avoid this error?
In Karmic, you can just use the
add-apt-repository command, at least for PPAs.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky
echo "[some repository]" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
The tee command is called as the superuser via sudo and the -a argument tells tee to append to the file instead of overwriting it.
Your original command failed, as the IO redirection with >> will be done as the regular user, only your echo was executed with sudo.
Calling a sudo subshell like
sudo sh -c 'echo "[some repository]" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
works, too as pointed out by others.