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Old 01-04-2003, 05:05 PM   #1
Kit
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Redhat 8.0 and .deb files?


Is it possible to open/run a .deb file on Redhat 8.0? And I total and complete ditz? (Fwah- for a person raised on that eeevile Windows, Linux is quite a turn)

When I double click on the file, this here's the result.

Nautilus has no installed viewer capable of displaying "/home/Kit/ActivePerl-5.8.0.804-i686-linux.deb".

I'm so confuzzled. But I'm just a girl- whaddo I know 'bout computers?
 
Old 01-04-2003, 05:31 PM   #2
mhearn
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Unfortunately no, .deb files are Debian packages. You need .rpm files (redhat package manager) BUT be careful, you have to find RPMs for Redhat 8.

freshrpms.net will give you these (look in the Psyche section). Also, look into getting apt4rpm, that'll let you install software by typing

apt-get install galeon

for instance, like on Debian (not everything can be installed that way though, known issue, me and some friends are working on a next gen packaging system).

If there is no rpm for Psyche, you'll need to compile from source, which is never fun. If you need to do this and can't figure out how, post here again and we'll explain it.
 
Old 01-05-2003, 04:04 AM   #3
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You can use alien.It converts between rpm,deb and other formats.
It usually works fine with apps than donīt have a lot of dependencies.Forget about useing it with kde or something like that.
 
Old 01-05-2003, 07:48 AM   #4
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I'd avoid alien if I were you, it's basically an enormous hack and there are about a gazillion complicating issues, believe me, I've had to become something of an expert on this for autopackage (distro-neutral packaging) and it's not just file paths and dep names, there are binary level issues as well.
 
  


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