Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 04-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2006
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
How to open .deb files ?

Hi members,

I am a newbie to the world of linux and today i have started my internet on linux after a long session of hardwork. For some fun i have downloaded yahoo messenger for Red hat linux and saved it on my desktop. I have logged in as root. Now i wanna know how can i use that "ymsger......386.deb " file .

I know that some of you might be laughing at my question but i am still asking it because i commit that i am a newbie and i wanna be a master.

A faithful friend
Old 04-18-2006, 02:47 PM   #2
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Copenhagen
Distribution: Debian E, Vectorlinux 5.1std, Arch, Gentoo 2006.0
Posts: 576

Rep: Reputation: 30
Hi, and welcome to Linuxquestions

Nobody is laughing at you. It is great that you want to try Linux, this place wont scare you away. Thats for sure.

If you are running Redhat as you write, then you downloaded the wrong file. Files with .deb extension is for the Debian distribution.

Use this link:

Grab the file corresponding to your Redhat version. Follow the Redhat three step how to

Thats it.
Old 04-18-2006, 04:45 PM   #3
Registered: Apr 2006
Location: SE michigan
Distribution: Ubuntu, Currently Chained to Windows
Posts: 67

Rep: Reputation: 15
.deb files are for Debian and Ubuntu only, for a Red Hat system you need RPM or .tar.gz files. anyway if u were in debian here's what it would be

$ dpkg -i (filename)

in order to build Tarballs tar.gz

$ tar -zxvf (filename)
$ cd (created directory)

then read the readme, the usual sequence is

$ /. configure
$ make
$ make install

however it varies so read the readme, also you cant use .zip in linux as far as i know
Old 04-18-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: New York City
Distribution: Debian Sid 2.6.32
Posts: 2,100

Rep: Reputation: 49
It is possible to unzip .zip files in linux.
apt-cache search unzip
unzip - De-archiver for .zip files
There are other answers as well, but unzip certainly does exist for *nix systems.

Old 04-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #5
Registered: Apr 2006
Location: SE michigan
Distribution: Ubuntu, Currently Chained to Windows
Posts: 67

Rep: Reputation: 15
sweet, didnt know that


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to use .deb files???? E.M.P99 Linux - Newbie 4 04-11-2006 03:41 PM
getting file-roller to open .deb files deepclutch Debian 8 02-13-2006 10:01 PM
Unable to open .deb-files? Waerner Linux - Newbie 4 06-16-2005 06:16 PM
.deb files unkind Debian 2 11-29-2003 09:48 PM
Redhat 8.0 and .deb files? Kit Linux - Software 3 01-05-2003 07:48 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:32 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration