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Re: [News] RPM vs. DEB Differences/Anomalies Resolved

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Roy Culley ] on Monday 02 October 2006 01:10 \__
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>> <EFYTg.7175$Bw6.7161@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>> yttrx@xxxxxxxxx (yttrx) writes:
>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | Some time you might find some applications are having only .rpm
>>>> | files but you want a .deb package for your debian,Ubuntu and
>>>> | other debian derived ditributions.If you can?t find .deb debian
>>>> | package in any of the debian,ubuntu repositories or elsewhere,
>>>> | you can use the alien package converter to install the .rpm file.
>>>> | 
>>>> | Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede
>>>> | slp, and slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package
>>>> | from another distribution than the one you have installed on your
>>>> | system, you can use alien to convert it to your preferred package
>>>> | format and install it.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://www.debianadmin.com/install-rpm-files-in-debian-and-ubuntu.html
>>> Alright look, seriously, alien has been around for centuries, and
>>> has always worked great.
>>> Also, interestingly, if you use Alien on an Ubuntu system to convert
>>> an RPM to a .deb package, and you install it with the package
>>> manager, it shows up in Synaptic under a dedicated list of alien
>>> conversion packages.
>>> Pretty cool.
>> Very cool indeed. How can OSS do all this? I mean, it is all done by
>> a bunch of amateurs if we are to believe the wintrolls.
> The fragmentation in packaging is commonly-used FUD. I hope it's just another
> myth that will find its way down into the drain (GNOME/KDE is another
> similar piece of FUD which goes along the same lines). Choices are
> interchangeable rather than inter-conflicting, e.g. lilo/grub.
> FWIW, I never knew about alien before and wasn't aware of its relevance as
> news.

I've used it in the past, but not for a long time.  There are now so
many debian repositories, that I can usually find one which has what I
need.  My current sources-list is quite long!

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
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	A slow-moving parody of a text editor.

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