Mirrors in Germany

There are two, new repo mirrors available for Sparkers, both located in Germany.

Mirror DE1 is provided by JackGrumbler:

Mirror DE2 is provided by MoroS:

Thanks a lot both, JackGrumbler and MoroS.

If you would like to provide a mirror repo server in your location, send a message via contact form, please.

Requirements and settings:

If you’d like, I can set your Sparky mirror for you.

Old repos removed

A few months ago, in March 2020, new named repositories for Sparky have been created :

• oldstable-> tyche
• stable-> nibiru
• testing-> potolo

It will help to make painless dist upgrade from present Sparky testing to next Sparky stable, and from present Sparky stable to oldstable as well.

As I mentioned before, the old repos: ‘oldstable’, ‘stable’ and ‘testing’ have been removed now, they are not needed any more.

There is no need to update Sparky repos manually if you keep Sparky up to date; the present repositories have been provided as a regular update a few months ago.

If you haven’t done it yet, you can set repository manually, check the Wiki page:

The ‘core’ and ‘unstable’ repos with changes.

Let me know if you find any problem, please.

Sparky repos changed

There is a change in the Sparky repository as of 27 December 2018.

What changed?
– Sparky stable line stopped using mixed Sparky stable and testing repos, couse it would be difficult keep in this stage for upcoming new ‘stable’ and ‘oldstable’ repos (next year)
– most packages are available via a new ‘core’ repos now, but ‘stable’ and ‘testing’ repos provides some packages targeted to the specific branch.

Sparky stable line uses repos as follows: core main stable main

+ source repos as well

Sparky testing line uses repos as follows: core main testing main unstable main

+ source repos as well

Pinning has been changed too.

There is no need to reconfigure Sparky repos manually, simply run:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-apt
sudo apt update

then make system upgrade as you always do.

Existing iso images of Sparky MinimalGUI/CLI still can be used to install a desktop of your choice, the new sparky-apt package will be installed during desktop’s installation process.

There are still many the same package (versions) in the ‘testing’ and ‘core’ repos, but they will be removed from ‘testing’ to clean it up. Let me know if you find any problem, please.

After that, iso images will be refreshed to provide the latest setting to you.

Updates 2016/04/03


There are a few 3th party updates in our repository ready to go:
– Grub Customizer 5.0.5
– Steam & Steam Launcher
– Tint2 0.12.9
– TOR Messenger 0.1.0b6 (beta)
– Xfdashboard 0.5.92
– XnViewMP 0.79

Upgrade your system as usually:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

or via ‘Update Tool’ or ‘Synaptic’ if you wish.


Sparky repository

The configuration is deprecated, go to Sparky Wiki pages.

Log in to root account, then:
1. Create a new file:
nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list
2. Copy and past Sparky repo to the file.
## sparky
deb testing main

3. Refresh packages list:
apt-get update
4. Install the Sparky public key:
apt-get install sparky-keyring
wget -O - | apt-key add -

then refresh package list again:
apt-get update
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