Alien is a software that converts Linux packages to different formats. Use this tag if you have trouble using alien in Ubuntu or using packages that have been converted to debs in Ubuntu.

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Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/e/eglibc/libc-bin_2.15-0ubuntu10.6_i386.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.91.14 80] [duplicate]

Hi While executing the command at root - apt-get install alien I get below errors (page not found) Can you please fix / help Err http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main ...
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Problems with installation of alien

I've recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my notebook and tried to install alien (to be able to install .rpm packages). However, as soon as I typed "sudo apt-get install alien" and confirmed the ...
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missing a command during running alien to convert a .rpm - .deb

I need to generate this .rpm file with alien to .deb and then i need to sudo dpkg -i the.deb file But in terminal it does not show me it has converted it. Im sure its a small command that im not ...
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Problem with deb installation alien converter

I tried to install unsupported jupiter on Ubuntu 14.04, I got the jupiter-0.1.7-1.noarch.rpm from sourceforge and converted to deb with: sudo alien -k jupiter-0.1.7-1.noarch.rpm then alien ...
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Problem with deb installation

I converted minetest-classic-1402.00-src.tar.bz2 to minetest-classic_1402.00-1_all.deb using the software alien in the terminal, using the command, sudo alien -k minetest-classic-1402.00-src.tar.bz2 ...
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Installing Maya on Ubuntu Linux

Installing Autodesk Maya on Ubuntu is possible, but can be a bit challenging. Assuming that one already has the required specs and a solid graphics card driver installed, how can it be done?
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telling alien to install under /usr/lib instead of /usr/lib64

I'm trying to convert mysql 5.0 rpm's from oracle (specifically, http://downloads.mysql.com/archives/get/file/MySQL-shared-5.0.96-1.glibc23.x86_64.rpm) from .rpm to .deb in order to install them on ...
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VFS 495 finger print reader not working in Ubuntu

I have HP Probook 450 and it has integrated finger print reader VFS 495 from Validity Inc. I have Linux drivers from the HP site. Now I want to make it work it in Ubuntu. The drivers are in rpm format ...
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Why does alien need sudo privilege?

I wonder why does alien need sudo privileges while converting a .rpm file to .deb in a non-privileged directory(eg. my home directory). Is this a security feature(which I believe is redundant, since ...
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How do I convert a x86 RPM to a x86 DEB within a x64 system?

In my case the software I am trying to convert is the Lacie lightscribe labeler. 1.- I renamed the RPM mv LaCie\ LightScribe\ Labeler\ 1.0\ Linux.rpm lacie-lightscribe-labeler-1.0.rpm 2.- Convert ...
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What is the differences between RPM package manager and Alien software?

An app required me to install RPM package to install .rpm files. But as far as I know, there is another software called "alien". What is the difference between this two? I couldn't manage to find on ...
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How do I find missing dependencies for cinepaint 1.0-4 Ubuntu 13.04

I am a photojournalist/digital photo artist and I am getting into video editing projects I have used GIMP for my photo editing for years... I've been doing some research on other alternatives which ...
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How to install alien in Ubuntu 13.04

While running sudo apt-get install alien, there is an error: Unable lock administrator directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it? How do I fix this?
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Should I install via alien or just convert and then use dpkg?

The question is simple (maybe too simple): what does alien do when with the -i option? Does it use dpkg to install the package? dpkg (or apt-get) manages packages, tracks when, where and how they are ...
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How can I batch convert .rpms to .debs in Ubuntu?

I want to install the daily current build of LibreOffice in Ubuntu but they only make it available in .rpms. I know I'm supposed to use Alien to convet .rpms to .debs but I can't find a command to ...
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convert rpm to deb failed install maya [duplicate]

When i use alien convert rpm to deb, it doesn't work. here is feedback. maya version: hotfix4 Ubuntu: 11.10 LANG=C rpm -qp --queryformat %{NAME} 'Maya2012_0_64-2012.0-499.x86_64.rpm' LANG=C ...
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How do I call FreeMat that was installed via Alien?

How do I call FreeMat that was installed via Alien? I'm running 12.10 32 bit. I have tried freemat, freemat4.1.1 and freemat4 and none have worked.
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How do I install IBM Lotus Symphony after receiving the error in the description?

Warning: Skipping conversion of scripts in package symphony: postinst postrm preinst prerm Warning: Use the --scripts parameter to include the scripts. mkdir: cannot create directory `symphony-3.0.1': ...
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alien cannot built package for architecture “ubuntu amd64”

I'm using ubuntu i686. Need to install i386 .rpm packages. tried this code: alien -i [file.i386.rpm] Tried to install ia32-libs... apt-get install ia32-libs ...and tried alien again but didn't ...
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How to convert RPM package to a format meaningful to Ubuntu [duplicate]

I'm using a special program that has only .rpm version available as installer. As I need to run it on Ubuntu, Is there a way to install it in Ubuntu?
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I have a rpm file how do I convert to deb file for running on ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and manage RPMs? I have a *.rpm file that I like to install on Ubuntu. Is it possible to convert a *.rpm to *.deb package?