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Re: dpkg.rpm?

On Fri, 1 Aug 1997 jdassen@wi.leidenuniv.nl wrote:

> On Jul 31, Mark Eichin wrote
> > Anyone want to package up dpkg in rpm format? Someone at work was looking
> > at snarfing up the sgml stuff for their redhat system, but got stuck
> > trying to find a dpkg to start with (dunno if the tar file was hard to
> > find or not as useful as he'd hoped or what...)
> Isn't this precisely what "alien" + "alien-extra" is for?   "alien-extra" is
> described as "a package of all the extra files you need to use alien on a
> Red Hat or Slackware system" (thus presumably including dpkg) att
> http://kite.ml.org/programs/alien/ .
There is no need actually for dpkg on other systems than Debian for
manually unpacking or transforming via alien any *.deb archive. It is
far simpler packaged than *.rpm and can be manipulated by using "ar",
which is a standard program on most Unices. It even works here on
HP-UX-10.20 where i can unpack any *.deb with "ar -x package.deb" and
extract from it the usual "control.tar.gz" and "data.tar.gz", which
can be handled as expected by its suffixes.
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