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Re: Prompt to install missing software?

I found the original code in GNOME just pops up a message, see
check_ntp_support in

The following seems mildly related:

But I wasn't able to locate anything for the NTP thing at this stage.
Where's the right place to look for the source in this case?


Simon wrote:
> At some point, the gnome-system-tools package did this in the
> time-admin application for ntp.  I can't confirm if it still works the
> same way, since the UI appears to have changed in feisty, but I would
> assume so.  You should try it with a fresh image of feisty, open
> time-admin (try to set the time, basically) and tell it to use ntp, it
> should automatically try to install it.  I suggest grabbing the source
> package and figuring out how they did it.  You could also look into
> the update manager or the app installer in Ubuntu, they both appear to
> launch Synaptic or something to perform installs for them.
> On 5/27/07, John Pye <john@curioussymbols.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have a PyGTK-based program that has an optional dependency on the
>> package python-matplotlib.
>> Is there any way under Debian (and hopefully also Ubuntu) that I can
>> trigger gtk-debi or something like that when the user requests to use
>> the part of my program that depends on stuff they haven't installed yet?
>> What would be the best way of doing that from python, if such a thing
>> exists?
>> I believe I have seen this used somewhere but I don't know how it was
>> done.
>> Cheers
>> JP
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