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Howdy...

Awhile back, I bought RedHat Motif when I thought that I'd be running
their distribution.  Well, I discovered that I liked Debian better and
that alien, as shipped with Debian 1.2 would install the motif RPMs.

I've since upgraded my installation by hand to 1.3 (without using deselect)
and now alien seems unable to install the RPMs.  I get the same error when
trying to install other RPMs or .tar.gz's.

Any ideas on why what formerly worked is now breaking would be most
appreciated.

PeeWee

overmind:~ ] dpkg --list | egrep "alien|dpkg|rpm|fileutils|shellutils|bash|perl"
ii  alien           3.3            Install RedHat and Slackware Packages with d
ii  bash            2.0-3          The GNU Bourne Again SHell
ii  dpkg            1.4.0.8        Package maintenance system for Debian Linux
ii  dpkg-cross      0.1            Tools for cross compiling Debian packages
ii  dpkg-dev        1.4.0.8        Package building tools for Debian Linux
ii  dpkg-ftp        1.4.9          Ftp method for dselect.
ii  fileutils       3.16-2         GNU file management utilities.
ii  perl            5.003.07-10    Larry Wall's Practical Extracting and Report
ii  perl-debug      5.003.07-10    Allow debugging perl scripts (and perl).
ii  perl-suid       5.003.07-10    Runs setuid perl scripts.
ii  perl-tk         b11.02-5       Perl module providing the Tk graphics librar
ii  rpm             2.3.8-1        Red Hat Package Manager
ii  shellutils      1.16-2b        The GNU shell programming utilities.

overmind:/tmp # alien -n rh-motif-2.0-2.i386.rpm 
-- Unpacking rh-motif-2.0-2.i386.rpm
3633 blocks
-- Automatic package debianization
-- Building the package rh-motif_2.0-3_i386.deb
test -f debian/rules
test root = "`whoami`"
test -f debian/rules
touch debian/build
test -f debian/rules
test -f debian/rules
rm -rf debian/tmp
install -d debian/tmp
cp -a `ls | grep -v debian` debian/tmp
debstd
--------------- debstd processing --------------
-- Installing Documentation
-- Looking for manpages in sourcepackage

** Main Package rh-motif
-- Processing provided ELF libraries
Sharable Library usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0
Added ELF Library link libXm.so.2
-- Checking for executable binaries in package
usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0 ELF Binary
Warning: Unusual executable location usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0
DEBIAN/postinst Script
-- Figuring out dependencies of ELF objects
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     ./debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0 => ./debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0 (0x4000a000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libc.so.5 => /lib/libc.so.5 (0x401d1000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXpm.so.4 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXpm.so.4 (0x4028c000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXt.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXt.so.6 (0x40299000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXext.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXext.so.6 (0x402db000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libX11.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libX11.so.6 (0x402e6000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libSM.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libSM.so.6 (0x40384000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libICE.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libICE.so.6 (0x4038d000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0' gave nothing on standard output
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     ./debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0 => ./debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0 (0x4000a000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libc.so.5 => /lib/libc.so.5 (0x401d1000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXpm.so.4 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXpm.so.4 (0x4028c000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXt.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXt.so.6 (0x40299000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libXext.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libXext.so.6 (0x402db000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libX11.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libX11.so.6 (0x402e6000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libSM.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libSM.so.6 (0x40384000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: unknown output from ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0': `     libICE.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libICE.so.6 (0x4038d000)'
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: warning: ldd on `debian/tmp/usr/X11R6/lib/libXm.so.2.0' gave nothing on standard output
dpkg: --search needs at least one file name pattern argument

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages [*];
Use dselect for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;
Type dpkg --licence for copyright licence and lack of warranty (GNU GPL) [*].

Options marked [*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through `less' or `more' !
dpkg-shlibdeps.orig: failure: dpkg --search gave error exit status 2
-- Checking Symlinks
--------------- debstd processing finished --------------
dpkg-gencontrol
dpkg-gencontrol: failure: chown new files list file: Illegal seek
make: *** [binary-arch] Error 29
Package build failed.


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