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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2002 5:43 pm    Post subject: Using RPM in Gentoo Reply with quote

I find out that we can use RPM to install the popular *.rpm binary files from other distributions.
Do:
emerge -b rpm
will download and compile the RPM software for you.
However, I notice that the version I got from "emerge --pretend rpm" is 4.04, but the real version of rpm after installation is 4.03 (rpm --version).
There is also an useful utility to convert an RPM binary package to .tar.gz file if you don't want to install RPM:
emerge -b rpm2targz
will install this utility for you.
Run this command: rpm2targz your-rpm-file.rpm
will convert the rpm file to tar.gz format. Copy it to / and untar there.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2002 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At first I thought... why use RPM when you have Portage? Then I remembered Open Office :wink:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2002 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some RPM packages that are not in GENTOO portage yet, you may try the binary RPM from other distributions. Some package such as mozilla take a long time to download and compile (30MB source code), you may want to try the binary from other distributions.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2002 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KDE contains KPackage, which also works nicely for managing RPM's
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2002 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ypu can use alien to rebuild an rpm to a tar.gz or rpm2targz is another utility...i used alien to convert the crystral icon rpm to tar
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2002 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is also a tool called alien for debian that does this for you....i have never used it..but maybe that can be used as an alternate option. Anyone use alien?? is it any good?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i used alien a few times in slackware, it works. we really need some sort of tool, like alien that makes gentoo .tbz2 packages out of rpms. also i think it would be good to have some precompiled tbz2 packages for things like kde and openoffice that take a long time to compile, and that some people would rather use binarys for.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the sources, checkinstall and slackware pkgtools for apps that are not in Portage. Works fine and so I don't miss the old Slackware feeling :).
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