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"J. Zidar" <zeeemail.si> writes: > Is there any difference in Debian if you install from debs or rpms? You can't directly install RPM files in Debian. Use 'alien' to convert them to .deb packages first, then use 'dpkg -i' to install them. -- David Maze [email]dmazedebian.org[/email] [url]http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/[/url] "Theoretical politics is interesting. Politicking should be illegal." -- Abra Mitchell -- To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to [email]debian-user-requestlists.debian.org[/email] with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact [email]listmasterlists.debian.org[/email]...

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    "J. Zidar" <zeeemail.si> writes:
    > Is there any difference in Debian if you install from debs or rpms?
    You can't directly install RPM files in Debian. Use 'alien' to
    convert them to .deb packages first, then use 'dpkg -i' to install
    them.

    --
    David Maze [email]dmazedebian.org[/email] [url]http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/[/url]
    "Theoretical politics is interesting. Politicking should be illegal."
    -- Abra Mitchell


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    On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 03:50:03PM +0200, J. Zidar wrote:
    > Is there any difference in Debian if you install from debs or rpms?
    >
    > I'm asking this because I have a rpm at home that's not installable
    > because of some supposedly missing dependencies.
    Don't install RPM packages directly onto a Debian system; it's unsafe
    and unsupported. Use alien instead to convert them into Debian packages
    first.

    Cheers,

    --
    Colin Watson [cjwatsonflatline.org.uk]


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    Tuesday 29 of July 2003 16:16 je &F pisal:
    >On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 03:50:03PM +0200, J. Zidar wrote:
    >> Is there any difference in Debian if you install from debs or rpms?
    >>
    >> I'm asking this because I have a rpm at home that's not installable
    >> because of some supposedly missing dependencies.
    >
    >Don't install RPM packages directly onto a Debian system; it's unsafe
    >and unsupported. Use alien instead to convert them into Debian packages
    >first.
    >
    >Cheers,
    >
    >--
    >Colin Watson [cjwatsonflatline.org.uk]
    Thanks. I did as both have written and now the program is automagically
    installed! One question: What is the point of the rpm command if it is unsafe
    to install RPMs directly?

    Thanks again.

    jernej zidar


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    On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 06:42:51PM +0200, J. Zidar wrote:
    > Tuesday 29 of July 2003 16:16 je &F pisal:
    > >On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 03:50:03PM +0200, J. Zidar wrote:
    > >> Is there any difference in Debian if you install from debs or rpms?
    > >>
    > >> I'm asking this because I have a rpm at home that's not installable
    > >> because of some supposedly missing dependencies.
    > >
    > >Don't install RPM packages directly onto a Debian system; it's unsafe
    > >and unsupported. Use alien instead to convert them into Debian
    > >packages first.
    >
    > Thanks. I did as both have written and now the program is
    > automagically installed! One question: What is the point of the rpm
    > command if it is unsafe to install RPMs directly?
    rpm has many other functions beyond just installing packages.

    Cheers,

    --
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    J. Zidar wrote:
    > One question: What is the point of the rpm command if it is unsafe
    > to install RPMs directly?
    The rpm command is a multifunction tool. It installs and removes
    packages, sure. But it also builds packages. Therefore if you are
    going to build an rpm package on Debian or unpack an rpm on Debian
    neither of which are installing then you need the rpm command on
    Debian in order to be able to do that. This is what alien is doing
    under the hood.

    It would be convenient in this case if the functionality were split
    into 'rpmbuild' which was separate from 'rpm' as an installer. Which
    I think is what was done in RH-9. In that case the utility side of
    rpm could be included while the installer side of it could be
    separated out. So perhaps in the future this will be possible.

    Bob

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