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    Default installing deb packages in opensuse

    Hello Community,

    Can anyone tell me if it is possible to install a .deb package in opensuse?
    If so how is is done?


    Thanks in advance.


    Yan

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    Hello yanvolking,

    I don't recommend it, but you can try alien.
    It's available in the repositories.

    Just run this command:
    Code:
    alien -r <FILE>.deb
    Good luck!
    Where did I put my coffee cup?
    dir -R /home/* | grep "coffee cup"

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    Nearly all the time, you should be able to find an openSUSE package. Search at Software.openSUSE.org first. Converting from a DEB package is not recommended unless very desperate. And even then there is no certainty it will work.

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    and, if it is not in the openSUSE repo, it is better to get the source
    and compile it yourself than to use alien and deb..

    imo, the best options in order are:

    -use YaST/Zypper to install from an openSUSE repo
    -use YaST/Zypper to install from a community repo
    -search at Software.openSUSE.org and
    --download rpm file and use YaST to install it
    --download rpm file and use rpm at a CLI to install it
    -download, compile and install source
    -use a one-click install found at Software.openSUSE.org with CAUTION
    -use alien and deb with CAUTION
    -use any other one-click install anywhere on the net with CAUTION

    ymmv

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    Hi Paladium,

    The file in question is imageshack-uploader-2.2.0.deb
    YAST does not find it.

    As an advanced linux newby I would like to try to download, compile and install source.-

    Any hints at how I can achieve this?

    Thanks

    Yan

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by yanvolking View Post
    The file in question is imageshack-uploader-2.2.0.deb
    YAST does not find it.

    As an advanced linux newby I would like to try to download, compile and install source.-

    Any hints at how I can achieve this?
    You need to learn the openSUSE search engines. Take a look at this search engine:
    Software.openSUSE.org search engine and if you search for imageshack-uploader you will find it on this repos:
    Code:
    http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/etamPL:/qt_apps/openSUSE_11.2
    ... there is also webpin search engine: Webpin openSUSE rpm search engine

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    yanvolking wrote:
    > As an advanced linux newby I would like to try to download, compile and
    > install source.-
    >
    > Any hints at how I can achieve this?


    sure!

    1. use google to find the source, a search string kinda like:
    imageshack-uploader-2.2.0 source
    should work, if not wiggle the search string some..

    2. download the source

    3. compile it

    hint: there are about 1000 threads here (in the wiki or in the forums)
    and on the internet about how to extract source from a "tar ball" and
    compile/install it

    hint2: you will need a compiler (as one is not default installed in
    openSUSE after about 11.0)--you can install a free one using YaST (how
    to do that is in about 5,000 threads here, use the forums advanced
    search page to learn how)..

    hint3: run configure and make as a regular user

    hint4: run make install as root (some use check install, but i've not
    tried it)

    hint5: never log into KDE/Gnome etc as root....instead always become
    root as needed in a terminal or by running a specific app (like YaST,
    Kate, or Dolphin) as root (guess what? you can learn how to do that by
    using the forum's searcher too, or just go here:

    http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Login_as_root
    http://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdebas...uide/root.html
    http://tinyurl.com/6ry6yd
    http://tinyurl.com/ydbwssh

    welcome to the ranks of "advanced linux newby" were learning *how*to*
    is more important that just simply asking a question and expecting a
    step-by-step, beginning-to-end reply..

    if you run into trouble, come back BEFORE you murder your system, or cat..

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    Hi Palladium,

    Thanks for your reply. Interesting stuff. I am going to try to compile an rpm version of the imageshack uploader as a useful exercise (I think that a bit of expertise in compiling will be useful for me). However, I will need more of your help before I can go it alone with google and the wikis.

    I did the first step that was to find the website where the source is available (see the following web page) Source Checkout - imageshack-uploader - Project Hosting on Google Code

    Here I am completely lost. What do I have to click to get hold of the source code?

    Is this newby being too ambitious???

    Thanks

    Yan

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    Default Re: installing deb packages in opensuse

    zypper in mercurial

    should give you the hg command.

    As for too ambitious, that'll depend how far you take simple make install with no rpm db tracking, relatively easy just read the install instructions. As for rpm tracking it could be, though checkinstall iirc should create a crude rpm. If actually writing the spec file then there is lots of reading ahead..
    Man first, have a try at Info, have a look at Wiki, if all that fails Scroogle!!!!!
    If I've helped click on the Rep button I don't know what it does but it sounds cool.

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    palladium NNTP User

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    yanvolking wrote:
    > Hi Palladium,
    >
    > Thanks for your reply. Interesting stuff.


    yeah thanks....but i'm a generalist...Feather Monkey and many others
    here have already forgotten more than i ever knew...so listen to FM,
    for sure....


    > I am going to try to
    > compile an rpm version of the imageshack uploader as a useful exercise
    > (I think that a bit of expertise in compiling will be useful for me).


    well, i think you are mixing terms....you can take source and compile
    then install without ever packaging it into a RPM...

    see that?
    compile source
    package RPM

    i've compiled several different thing in the last years but have never
    considered making an RPM (that is whole'nother thing...and a step NOT
    required to compile and install from source..


    > However, I will need more of your help before I can go it alone with
    > google and the wikis.


    read more....it really isn't as hard as it might first appear..


    > I did the first step that was to find the website where the source is
    > available (see the following web page) 'Source Checkout -
    > imageshack-uploader - Project Hosting on Google Code'
    > (http://code.google.com/p/imageshack-...ource/checkout)
    >
    > Here I am completely lost. What do I have to click to get hold of the
    > source code?


    hehe....ok, you didn't run into what i expected....let me try to
    explain what i consider 'normal': all the source code, and
    instructions are packed up nice and neatly into an archive (like zip
    but most often tar.bz or something similar)...and you click on the
    link and save it to somewhere (where you can find it)..

    then i unpack it to a temporary directory in my /home...from there it
    is usually just read the README and if there is a README.linux or
    similar it too...always there are other things in there and everything
    with an interesting name i look at...and then just follow the
    directions...and read some of the ten thousand good examples on the web..


    > Is this newby being too ambitious???


    but you didn't find that---NOPE, you found some hackers source tree of
    everything...and he wants you to make a complete "clone" of his
    directory on your machine..

    sorry, i've never done that before and can't find a "hg" or "hg clone"
    on my machine so....those TWO things 1) no tar.bz and 2) hg tells me
    this is something special....and i don't wanna learn that much, just
    to be able to upload images to imageshack... (call me lazy, i do not care)

    here is what lazy old men do: in firefox Menu > Tools > Add-ons > Get
    Add-ons i search for "imageshack" and find so many different things
    i'm SURE i don't have to learn about cloning some hackers dev tree..

    but, Feather Monkey already knows..


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