Originally Posted by colucix View Post
Regarding the IPK files, they are archived and compressed debian packages meant to be used on embedded systems with limited storage capacity. Usually the archives were created using ar (not tar) so that you can try to list or extract their content using
ar t file.ipk
ar x file.ipkrespectively. Nowadays ipk packages are managed by opkg.
Actually, although based on deb file format the outer container is not ar (like deb) but a gzipped tar, e.g. inspect the following ipkg-opt_0.99.163-10_arm.ipk.
So to extract the contents you would actually do the following:
tar xf filename.ipkTo the OP, installing it is another matter and would only be appropriate if you use a system that actually uses .ipk files. What are you actually trying to install, what are you trying to achieve by doing this and what is your distro?