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Thread: using alien and installing deb packages

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    using alien and installing deb packages

    I have rpm packages that I need to convert to deb and then install (under Knoppix 3.4).

    I read the instructions and it seems quite straightforward ...

    I first did (as root): # alien xxx.rpm
    ... which created xxx.deb

    I was pleased about that.

    The instructions (in my Knoppix manual) said I should simply click on the file and it will install. I tried this and found that all that happened was that the conents of the deb file were displayed.

    I tried running xxx.deb from the command prompt but this also didn't work.

    Can anyone help me here? What am I doing wrong? Do I need to run from command prompt with certain switches?

    Any tips would be gratefully received.

    Regards,
    Alan Searle

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    Pull up a console, navigate to the directory you've got your package in, and become root; then issue the command

    dpkg -i packagename.deb

    (One thing that may cause problems is dependency issues. Good luck.)

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    A better bet (because of the likely dependency issues) is to use apt-get. You won't find many .rpm packages that are not available as debs and the reverse is true.

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