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As a follow up.. I definitely agree with snowpine. I can't think of many packages off the top of my head that are only available as a .deb and not a .rpm and available in a repo like EPEL. Would be much easier to just find the repo that has it, do a yum install and call it a day.
The .deb I want to install is a personal .deb and no .rpm is available. I think I have to either install dpkg, or use 'alien' to convert it to a rpm. Is there any other solution ? Which is easier of the two ? If I am to download the alien rpm from B and copy it to A, then I would also have to download the dependencies of alien, and so forth. This is getting complicated, and I don't see any easy way out. And I can't use B to convert the .deb package either because B is a windows. I can't use any other computer than A or B, nor a virtual machine.
Can you please remind me what 'noarch' means ? Also, did you say that you installed alien successfully from that link on a naked CentOS machine without needing to install any other package (either copied to that centOS machine, or retrieved from the a repository or the internet by the CentOS machine itself) ?
Yes, I spun up a new VM and put CentOS 6.3 x86_64 on it and did a wget and rpm -i to install it. No issues. noarch means just that, no architecture specified means it is cross arch and can be installed an any. When we say arch we mean x86_64(64bit), i386, i586, etc...