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Re: Dummy

> Kent West wrote:
> > Teilhard Knight wrote:
> >
> >
> >>> Kent West wrote:
> >>>
> >>> But
> >>> natively, Debian doesn't use the .rpm format
> >>> (although it can in many cases with the "alien" package).
> >>>
> >>
> >> Thanks a lot, Kent. A friend of mine told me Debian takes Red Hat
> >> and to install it as simply as: rpm -ivh package_name. This must be
> >> news for
> >> you, so maybe I, through my friend, am contributing something. :o)
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Wow! You're right; I didn't know about the rpm command being on Debian.
> > But sure enough, it's on my box, and the man page says indicates that
> > it'll install rpms.
> >
> The man page is lying.  rpm is there to be used by alien and to build
> rpms, it can't install packages because the rpm package database doesn't
> exist.  If you try to create an rpm package database in order to get it
> to work, don't expect your system to stay unbroken for long.

I guess you are right. I tried today to install as a root using rpm, and I
got the reply you say: "database doesn't exist". Is alien in the
distribution of Debian or should I grab it apart? I think I'll have a look.

Teilhard Knight
The Extraterrestrial

Who ate my sandwich?

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