Installing RPM Files

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sun Sep 24 06:19:53 UTC 2006

On Sun, 24 Sep 2006 00:24:03 -0400
Walt Frampus <racerpup2 at> wrote:

> On Sat, 2006-09-23 at 21:17 -0700, mike williams wrote:
> > How can I install something.rpm assuming I have the rpm file saved on
> > my desktop?
> > 
> You need to use Alien in a console "sudo Alien nameoffile.rpm" and it
> will convert it to a deb file and use sudo dkpg -i "nameoffile.deb" to
> install it

Note that the command is "alien" (lower case a ). It's also worth noting
that this is a last resort and may or may not work. Further, you would
need to install the "alien" package, as it is not installed by default.

A better way would be to tell us what the name of the program is, and
whether you searched for it in synaptic/adept or apt-cache. Sometimes if
you can't find it there, the reason is that not all your sources are
enabled ( universe and multiverse repositories for instance).

Usually installing RPM is avoided in Ubuntu - and most programs are
available in the repositories.


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