There are times you need to convert among tarbells, .rpm, and .deb. Not all software and packages are available on both platforms, so this is not uncommon. The command line tool that gets this done is the alien.
The alien program requires that you have both RPM and Debian package manager to convert between formats. Thus, install both using the appropriate
apt-get install alien
yum install alien
The syntax for
alien is as follows:
$ alien [options] file[...]
Here are some of the commonly used options with
As mentioned above, converting to .deb files is the default option.
# Converting to .deb
alien packagename.rpm # Converting to rpm
alien -r packagename.deb
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