How to convert RPM software packages to Debian (.deb)

Maybe you have had this problem: you are using Debian or Ubuntu Linux and a software package you would like to install is only available in RPM format. The solution is the handy tool called alien, which converts .rpm files to .deb files. Install alien:

apt-get install alien

Converting an rpm package to Debian format:

alien --to-deb /tmp/mysoftwarefile.rpm

Conversions from .deb to rpm are also possible:

alien --to-rpm /tmp/mysoftwarefile.deb

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