How install ".deb" files? Trying to install WebOS SDK...

I want to install the WebOS SDK (from Palm) but it’s a “.deb” file. Is there a way to install this on OpenSUSE?

Hi
Why not use virtualbox like they suggest?
http://developer.palm.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1585

You should be able to right-click and extract the deb file though and
see the layout of where stuff should be. Don’t they have a tar.gz file
available?


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I don’t understand why you suggest i use virtual box instead? I HAVE to use virtual box AND the SDK both.

No, they don’t have a tar.gz (which is annoying of them). :frowning:

Hi
Well if the libraries and such are compiled against ubuntu 8.04,
install that in virtual machine?

If you create a temp directory and copy the sdk there then extract it,
any libraries etc?

It could be repacked with some work, just had a look at the Novacom one.


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Any idea about “alien”?
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Hi
Yes, never like it :wink: as a hack try it as it will be running in a vm.
Call me a purist, but like to use proper checks and tests with the suse
build tools to ensure nothing breaks :slight_smile:

How big is the sdk download?


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Hi
Further look at the novacom one, needs work to fix the startup script
for it to work with opensuse…


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Ark under KDE4 ( I guess other tools too) can decompress debs. Extract it to somewhere, then decompress the data.tar.gz file which contains all the files inside a deb package :wink:

Thanks. I’ll give that a try and see how it works.

Any idea if I should install the virtual box they have (ALSO in a .deb file) or is there one in the OpenSUSE repository?

Hi
If you install the opensuse virtualbox, then install ubuntu in that,
then just copy provided .deb files to the ubuntu virtual machine and
install…

You could install an openSuSE virtual machine and then copy and extract
the .deb files and copy them to the appropriate directories, but you
still need to re-write the novacom start/stop script.


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  • I suggest using the openSUSE package at virtualbox.org

  • Using virtualbox to run Ubuntu doesn’t seem like a good solution in this case because the SDK itself runs in virtualbox, as I understand the installation guide, so you would be running virtualbox inside a virtualbox instance - probably not supported.

Here’s a wiki page that may help: MojoSDK on openSUSE 11.1 - WebOS Internals

I have it working on OpenSuse 11.2 by following these instructions here: MojoSDK on Fedora - WebOS Internals. It is for Fedora but the only part that needed tweaking was running the postinst script for the Novacom install fails because Fedora’s directory names for running services are different. I just linked to the Novacom executable manually and it works fine.