[Slightly OT] Packaging question

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 22:00:57 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 18 March 2009 5:10:41 pm Wulfy wrote:
> My printer died on me and so I got a new printer, a Canon PIXMA iP2500.
> My system recognised it, but steadfastly refused to print to it.  I went 
> to the Canon site, but the only driver I could get for Linux was a 
> Fedora .rpm.  I installed alien to convert it to a .deb, but that 
> baulked because it was for i386 not the amd64 that I have. So I unpacked 
> it (alien -g) and tried to compile it using my 64-bit compiler.  Much 
> frustration later, still no driver.
> Could anyone her point me to a (relatively easy) way to convert am i386 
> .rpm source package to a x64_64 binary .deb?  Or do I have a nice new 
> shiny paperweight?

Are you sure you need a whole driver for it?  Is there a PPD file inside the 
rpm?  If so, that PPD should be able to just drop in.

Mackenzie Morgan
apt-get moo
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