Installing woes.

AS we all know there are two types of Linux Distribution Debian and Rpm based
We can install .rpm packages easily on an rpm based distro However when it comes to installing .deb packages into an rpm based distro ,its quite a headache ,i found a excellent utility which converts a debian based package to an rpm based package ,its called alien which runs from the command prompt .

For example
To convert a deb package fire up your console and run in root

alien -r name_of_your_package.deb

This converts the package into rpm format and stores it in the same directory..

And you can install this package as usual way you install rpm packages.

P.S Make sure that the console is synchronized with your directory in which you have debian package.


2 Responses to “Installing woes.”

  1. 1 H
    September 17, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    What RPM based distro are you using? I wouldn’t convert .deb files to .rpm. You will find yourself with dependancy problems. Stick to the usual method of installation for the distro, and look for more repos if you can’t find the package you need.
    Hope it works out for you, though, and good luck on this new blog.

  2. September 17, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    I’m using Suse linux 10.1,i have converted various files from .deb to .rpm format but havent found myself stuck with dependency problems.

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