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Installing ConsoleOne on a Debian Distribution

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By Darko Delinac

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Posted: 28 Dec 2005
 

Problem

If you try to install ConsoleOne on a Debian distribution you will get the following error messages:

rpm: To install rpm packages on Debian systems, use alien. See README.Debian.
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - No such file or directory (2)
%% Adding package NDSslp ...
rpm: To install rpm packages on Debian systems, use alien. See README.Debian.
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - No such file or directory (2)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
%% ERROR: Failed to add NDSslp (NDSslp) package.
%% Installation of packages failed, not all packages were installed.

Solution

You can use the "alien" tool to convert rpm packages to deb packages. If you do not have the alien tool, you can install it by running:

# apt-get install alien

or

# aptitude install alien

Note: This solution was run in the Debian 3.1 Sarge environment.

Example - Installing ConsoleOne

1. Go to the directory where you saved the ConsoleOne .tar.gz file.

2. Unpack it: # tar -xvzf c1_136e-linux.tar.gz

3. Go to the Linux directory and run alien. This will create an deb package for every rpm packet found in the working directory:

# cd linux
# alien -v -d *.rpm

4. Install ConsoleOne:

# dpkg -i *.deb

5. Copy ConsoleOne icon to /usr/share/pixmaps/

# cp ConsoleOneIcon.png /usr/share/pixmaps/

Example - Running ConsoleOne

ConsoleOne gets installed in /usr/ConsoleOne. To run ConsoleOne enter:

$ /usr/ConsoleOne/bin/ConsoleOne &

You can also create an application launcher on your Desktop. Just point to:

/usr/ConsoleOne/bin/ConsoleOne

and choose ConsoleOne icon from /usr/share/pixmaps/


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