I downloaded backburner (renderfarm manager) from here . I tried to convert it with sudo alien -cv backburner.rpm but terminal prints out

backburner.rpm is for architecture i386 ; the package cannot be built on this system

Regarding this How do I convert a x86 RPM to a x86 DEB within a x64 system? i did

sudo alien -g backburner.rpm
cd backburner-dir/
sudo nano debian/control  (change i386 to amd64 )
sudo debian/rules binary

and I get following output

find . -maxdepth 1 -mindepth 1 -not -name debian -print0 | \
        xargs -0 -r -i cp -a {} debian/backburner.sw.base
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/backburner/cmdjob contains an unresolvable reference to symbol uuid_generate: it's probably a plugin
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: 2 other similar warnings have been skipped (use -v to see them all)
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/backburner/backburnerManager contains an unresolvable reference to symbol uuid_parse: it's probably a plugin
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: 2 other similar warnings have been skipped (use -v to see them all)
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: package could avoid a useless dependency if debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/backburner/cmdjob debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/backburner/backburnerServer debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/lib32/backburner/2015.0/libDLnrapi.so debian/backburner.sw.base/usr/discreet/backburner/backburnerManager were not linked against libuuid.so.1 (they use none of the library's symbols)
dpkg-deb: building package `backburner.sw.base' in `../backburner.sw.base_2015.0.1-1689_amd64.deb'.

Could you guys explain and help me with those warnings ??

I already tried adding libuuid.so.1 (with and without comma )inside debian/control Depends so it looked like

Depends: ${shlibs:Depends} , libuuid.so.1

as muru suggested i did

namei -lx ../backburner.sw.base_2015.0.1-1689_amd64.deb


f: backburner.sw.base_2015.0.1-1689_amd64.deb
-rwxrwxr-x render render backburner.sw.base_2015.0.1-1689_amd64.deb

Thanks in advance!

  • It's saying that you shouldn't link the software against libuuid since the binaries don't use anything from that library. The dependencies are already correct.
    – muru
    Mar 7, 2016 at 23:56
  • Thanks muru. So what 's right and possible solution to output .deb? I spent whole day for searching and testing without any luck .
    – bolek
    Mar 8, 2016 at 0:02
  • the output says it created a deb file. Look in the parent directory, it should be there.
    – muru
    Mar 8, 2016 at 0:03
  • Yeah it's there but it's kind of broken? ( ln -l - red colored )
    – bolek
    Mar 8, 2016 at 0:05
  • what's the output of namei -lx ../backburner.sw.base_2015.0.1-1689_amd64.deb?
    – muru
    Mar 8, 2016 at 0:08

2 Answers 2


At the end I did it with rpm > tgz > deb . But i suppose that what Mohit Rajan suggested could be helpful to. I think now that even alien -g packagename and manual installation - copying of files could work too. Thanks for that.

Anyway would be cool to know how to avoid such warnings and how to deal with them. I just don't want to ignore it without further investigation


You can use alien, but I don't suggest that. Alien can change RPM to DEB or DEB to RPM, but it can not make sure the package can be installed without any problem.

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