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Old 01-04-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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well i was reading up on this and it seems that it will install programs for you. But im not to sure as how to use it or what type or files will it install ? will it install .tgz or source and rpm types or how does one do that ? All i know about this program that it is a type of installer for programs.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 05:28 PM   #2
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KPackage is just a gui to apt-get, which is the debian package management system. You could also use Synaptic. I think the difference is that Kpackage will work on rpm based systems to install rpm's, debian based systems to install deb's, slackware systems to install .tgz, etc.

I think it just polls a database and then installs binary packages (.deb on debian systems). There are official debian repositories to get binary packages from. The file to edit those repositories are in /etc/apt/sources.list. I don't think you can install rpm's without using a package converter like alien.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 06:21 PM   #3
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well thats awht i mean liek i have both of them jsut not alien. But what i would liek to know is waht can i download and what will work with what to install the files.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 06:45 PM   #4
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Typically it's not a very good idea to mix rpm's and deb's. What you should probably do is search the Debian repository for whatever program you like and install that file. For example, if you wanted to install the apache web server, you should type apt-cache search apache to see what files can be installed. Then you would type apt-get install apache.

Type in apt-get install synaptic to get a gui that you can just check the box to install programs. I think this is what you want. If you find a program that doesn't exist in the debian repositories, then you try to use alien or compile from source. But generally, the best thing to do is just to use Synaptic/Apt-get to install programs.

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Old 01-04-2006, 08:22 PM   #5
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ok but can this install for me like .tgz files and such ?
 
Old 01-04-2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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My gut feeling is no. But I'm a semi-NOOB. I have used alien to change rpm's to deb's. You can install it with apt-get install alien as root. Convert files by typing alien -d package.rpm. Then use dpkg -i package.deb.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 10:12 PM   #7
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cool i'll try it out for the rpm files.
 
Old 01-04-2006, 11:52 PM   #8
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Are there any specific packages you're looking for/trying to convert? If you're using Sarge, there are repositories of newer software backported to work, backports.org I think...
 
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no not yet to be honest im trying to learn things as i go along and if ther is something i need i will now how to find it or install it or convert it . And yes im using Sarge.
 
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If you're new to Debian, I'd suggest reading all you can about apt-get and/or synaptic. It is your best friend. The alien program I mentioned doesn't worry about satisfying dependencies, but if you can find the package in the Debian repository, and it depends on some other files you don't have installed, apt will go get those too. So instead of trying to figure out why a program doesn't work, it'll just work.

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