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How To: Install Latest get_iplayer PPA

Postby devils_debian » 2014-11-15 11:56

Hello All,
Users of get_iplayer have had to endure an abrupt change by the BBC to their content feeds system.
BBC now uses a new API called Nitro. For get_iplayer to return search results of available content, the latest version of get_iplayer must be used.
Sadly, it is not yet available on Debian (as off 15/11/14).

<<<<WARNING! See Stevepusser's Reply Below First.>>>>

First, download the '' file from here: (Right click 'Save as')

** To be clear, using PPAs (personal package archives) should only be used if you understand the general risks, as these sources operate
outside the regular Debian repository structure.**

Next, move the file somewhere in the executable path (for systemwide use). I chose '/usr/local/bin'. I then renamed the file to simply
'add-apt-repository' add made it executable (terminal: sudo chmod +x add-apt-repository).

From the command line/terminal/tty execute the following: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jon-hedgerows/get-iplayer

If successful, you should see this:

Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --homedir /tmp/tmp.74lRFTDI2c --no-auto-check-trustdb --trust-model always --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/kalgasnik-ppa.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 2CDAFB4702E04F78
gpg: requesting key 02E04F78 from hkp server
gpg: key 02E04F78: public key "Launchpad xbmc" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)

Now update your package system via APT or Synaptic (might need to change 'Settings --> Preferences --> Distribution' in Synaptic) .
You should now see the latest available version (2.90-11-g10fedfb-ppa20~lucid as off 15/11/14) available for installation.
Works a charm once again. 8)
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Re: How To: Install Latest get_iplayer PPA

Postby stevepusser » 2014-11-15 17:37

A simple search shows that "add-apt-repository" is already available in Debian: ... e&arch=any

Kudos for explaining that PPAs can be dangerous, but this can be worked around by rebuilding the source packages in the PPA against your release's libraries.
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Re: How To: Install Latest get_iplayer PPA

Postby devils_debian » 2014-11-15 20:34

Yes, I knew it was already installed on my system (Sid), but attempting to add a PPA kept resulting in this:

'Cannot access PPA ( ... et-iplayer) to get PPA information, please check your internet connection.'

I reinstalled the 'software properties' packages again but the result is the same. However, for comparison I temporarily renamed the manually downloaded version I put in '/usr/local/bin' and ran that again and it works :? What's missing on my system (or is this a bug)? Sudo was used in each case.

UPDATE: Thinking about it, until a fix (or error of my ways) is apparent, I will put the downloaded script in place of the one from Debian (/usr/bin) as a simple work around for now...
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