Re: non-Debian package
On Sun, Mar 04, 2001 at 09:45:24AM -0500, Holp, John Mr. wrote:
> Debian Warriors,
> Is there a general technique or utility that allows one to install a
> non-Debina package on a Debian system?
> I am finding very sketchy information about a thing called
> "alien" syntax something like;
> alien package_name.rpm
> Will apparently convert/create a Red Hat ".rpm" package to a Debian
> ".deb" package ??
> I don't think apt or apt-get need or understand packages with the
> .deb suffix. So is it possible to use apt or apt-get on a non-Debian
> package to install it on a Debian system?
> man alien, whereis alien, whatis alien, etc., etc produce no
> indication of such a thing on my Debian 2.2.17 machine.
...which seems to indicate that you do not have alien installed. Alien
is a package in its own right and must be installed firt to work. So:
apt-get install alien
And then yes, you are correct, doing an alien package_name.rpm will *try*
to convert the rpm into a deb. You can then do a dpkg -i package_name.deb
and the package will be installed. The package database will be kept
Hope this helps.
Using Debian/GNU Linux