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How to convert .rpm installation files to .deb installation package files in Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition

Ubuntu can’t use .rpm files to install programs, so the user would have to install alien .rpm to .deb converter in the Terminal command prompt. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install alien and convert a .rpm file to .deb file which is compatible with Ubuntu.

You need to be log in as a root user or an administer account to install programs.

1. Start the terminal Command prompt program in Ubuntu . It is located under Applications, Accessories and Click Terminal short cut launcher.

Go to Applications, Accessories and termanal


“sudo apt-get install alien” without the quotation marks and type your user password.

Lastly, type


Command lines for installing Alien in Terminal

3. Make sure the .rpm file is in your user directory folder in Ubuntu.

Make sure the .rpm file is in your user directory folder in Ubuntu

4. Type :

cd ~/desktop

sudo alien -k nameoffile.rpm

in Terminal Command prompt.

$cd ~/desktop $sudu alien -k nameoffile.rpm

5. deb file generated on your PC if you type in everything correctly.

If you want to install a RPM file directly into Linux with Alien you will need to type

sudo alien -i package_file.rpm

and press enter in the terminal command line program.

Learn more about Alien at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RPM/AlienHowto

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