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Installing GroupWise on Debian

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By Jason Antonacci

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Posted: 7 Feb 2006
 

Problem

Groupwise Client for Linux uses RPM software and packages for installs. However, Debian-based distributions use APT with .deb packages. Because the packages are incompatible and no source code is provided, I had no way to install Groupwise.

Solution

I used Alien to convert the RPM to a DEB package. The command used was 'alien -i '. This also installed the new DEB package.

On the first execution, the groupwise executable threw an error citing "libstdc++.so.5", but that was easily fixed by installing Gnu C++ version 3.3 through APT.

I now have a the Linux groupwise 6.5 client running on Ubuntu 5.10, after re-packaging the Groupwise RPM using Alien:
http://www.kitenet.net/programs/alien/.


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