January 27, 2010

MiniHowTo: Using alien for converting

Today i tried to build an Package called "XMind". But the Sourcecode was very strange. The Projectpage has just *.exe and *.deb Files. So i tried an piece Software called "Alien". The Program description says, that the Program converts to RPM, DEB, TARGZ and other Formats. The usage of the Program is "alien [--to-deb] [--to-rpm] [--to-tgz] [--to-slp] [options] file [...]". So in my case i tried alien --to-rpm xmind.deb. But alien propose that we use the Function --scripts, so the Scripts converted too. And my usage was "alien --to-rpm -scripts xmind.deb" An other interesting feature is the automatic use of Packages: "--patch=patch". If the Patch is placed into /var/lib/alien the Program uses this Patch to build the Package. So i think, that i'm using this Program (alien) in some cases in future. Good piece of Software.

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