.deb Package

Darryl Tidd darryl.tidd at daaokc.com
Fri Sep 28 18:22:08 UTC 2007

Ok, here are the results.  I was trying to use open office that came 
packaged with Kubuntu, but when I tried to create forms with a wizard in 
OOoBase, nothing would happen.  Someone else was having that problem and 
stated that they uninstalled the included package and downloaded the 
files from Openoffice.org.  So that is what I did.
The file came as a tar.gz to which I
tar xvzf [filename].tar.gz
This unpacked the files to a new directory.  When I went to this 
directory, I found only .rpm files to which I
sudo alien -d *.rpm
Alien converted to .deb files all the files that were .rpm.  Then I was 
left with a bunch of .deb files and couldn't figure out how to install 
with a package manager (adept) so someone here told me to
dpkg -i [filename].deb
So taking that advise and running as a user I
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
This actually installed all of the files in that directory with the .deb 
extension. Worked like a dream. 

Michael wrote:
> Darryl Tidd wrote:
>> I downloaded a .deb package today, and when I click on it, it opens in
>> Ark.  What program should I open it with?
>> D
> I tried using .deb files a long time ago but was to inexperienced to get
> any use out of them.  I got frustrated and chose to stick with the
> packages that are in the repositories.  You are a braver soul than I!
> If I am not mistaken, you can still use GUI front ends like Adept or
> Synaptic to install the package.    The more experienced users on the
> list will probably be able to instruct you on how to install it with a
> CLI program such as Aptitude or dpkg. 
> Mike
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