Alien

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Introduction

alien is a command line command that allows you to install an RPM package or just convert the RPM package into a deb file.

Installation

First, using the usual methods, install alien and, for MEPIS 8.5 and later, fakeroot.

Use

Single Step rpm install

To install an rpm package, open a console and type as root:

fakeroot alien -i packagename.rpm

Multi-Step rpm install

To convert an rpm package to a deb package, open a console and type as root:

fakeroot alien -d packagename.rpm

and then install the .deb file by clicking on it.

Tips and tricks

For details, open Konqueror and type:

man:/alien

or a Konsole and enter

man alien

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