[K12OSN] OT: alien- for the linux guru's toolbox

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Mon Dec 24 21:00:08 UTC 2007

Yep, we've been using alien for a long, long time.  I remember using it
about 5 years ago on Red Hat Linux 7.3 to install a .deb package.  It
does work.

There's a similar tool for Slackware, called "rpm2tgz".  That's how I
installed OpenOffice.org 2.3.1 just last night.

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Barry Cisna wrote:
> Hello List,
> This is not really k12ltsp specific, but here is a handy tool I think
> several people here may be able to use at times. Alien, It converts
> Debian.deb files to Fedora .rpm and to .tar.gz, and Stampede slp files and
> so forth. Something you wouldn't need very often but at times is handy. I
> have used it a few times and works like a champ.Surely not written by me
> but just thought it worth mentioning. Of course be careful using it as it
> could easily break things especially if you are installing init files and
> the likes. Yikes!
> Example: To convert a .deb file to .rpm
> alien --to-rpm  xyz.deb
> will output xyz.rpm into the same directory. How simple!:-)
> Here is the url to check it out:
>   http://kitenet.net/~joey/code/alien/
> Thanks to ~joey
> You only need a recent perl install on your distro for it to work so you
> won't suffer from dependency H*%L trying to make it work.
>  The alien.tar.gz has been converted to rpm by yours truly( my feeble
> attempt at being geeky),for easy install convenience and can be
> downloaded in either -src.rpm or -noarch.rpm here if you like:
>  ftp://eazylivin.net/pub/alien
> Take Care,
> Barry Cisna
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