"alien" package convert utility?+

There used to be a package in linux called “alien” - and over the decades I’d had good luck a few times turning .deb files into .rpm files that would install in opensuse (at least more reliably than an .rpm from, say, Fedora). Now I can’t find this utility (alien) in the repos. The WSJT-X software comes built for Fedora (etc., an .rpm) and Debian (etc., a .deb). Is it possible to use either of these in LEAP 15.3? (I’ve done this in the past, as I mentioned, with about a 60% success rate with .deb packages and alien.)

Is it simply a question of fulfilling prerequisites if it doesn’t work straight-away?


The same question also applies to GridTracker (maybe not - they have an “agnostic” version…)

Using alien is a kludge at best (using static libs etc)… it’s available in the hamradio repo?


Malcom! How do you guys know all this stuff?! I had *no idea *there was an official, opensuse, ham radio repo! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank youthank you thank you thank you!!

I dabble a lot… :wink: I’m an RTL-SDR user, ADS-B mainly, but do play around with areas with it.

Well, I’m certainly lucky you’re a dabbler also. At this point I’m realizing there are a LOT of repos I don’t know about: In the decades I’ve been using OS, I’ve only really used the Science, Packman, Videolan, etc. repos. - I’ve seen hints of other repos under the opensuse.org URL. I guess it’s time I explored that entire URL tree. ;)lol!

Seriously! Thanks again. I’m a general and was interested in WSPR’s ability to sort of visualize the global propagation (ionosphere/sporadic) and I just found out about GridTracker, which does even better than WSPR at the visualization. Thankfully, there’s already an “distro agnostic” linux package for GridTracker.

I was thinking of looking at SDR - but so far I’ve been only using my xciever, which is a “shack in a box.” In my combustion laboratory at the USAF/SMC, the electronics of signal processing had abandoned analog for full-digital implementations - so all the signal processing was taking place at the theoretical limits, i.e., almost perfect, even at very high frequencies. This should be doable by now on our xceivers (except for the power output electronics). I guess they exist but are really expensive! I have a small USB receive-only SDR but haven’t messed with it.

Do you do FT8 kinds of things? Do people have decent QSO’s on those modes or just the minimalist contact stuff? I just put up a comet cha-250b HF vertical and want to try this out.

Again, thank you!

The gridtracker package is on OBS, hardware:sdr https://build.opensuse.org/package/show/hardware:sdr/gridtracker

Well I do see some High Altitude Balloons on my ADS-B tracking launched from Texas for Atmospheric Measurements, but have also tried (and failed) to track wspr and radiosonde devices, I know they are there (as in tune in to the signals and see at https://tracker.habhub.org/), but need to work on a better antenna setup as well as filtering… I use https://github.com/projecthorus/radiosonde_auto_rx I also played abit with retrieving NOAA weather satellite data, again it’s another antenna issue… too many thunderstorms around here in Mississippi for me feeling safe to put up any sort of antenna tower…

Malcom - if you have a minute - I’ve never fiddled with audio ports before, let alone USB audio (for WSJT-X). Did you ever set WSJT-X up?
I get this during setup. It looks like I need to set a file permission on ttyUSB0? Or else make my user-self a member of some group?

Hamlib error: IO error

 port_open: serial_open(/dev/ttyUSB0) status=-6, err=Permission denied

 iofunc.c(81):port_open return(-6)

 rig.c(800):rig_open return(-6) while opening connection to rig

No obvious choices for USB soundcard output either (but there are some “pulse” and “alsa” entries)

I suspect you need to add yourself to the dialout (or maybe audio) group, can you check permissions on the port when unit is plugged in;

ls -la /dev/ttyUSB0