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The problem is simple - I have a .deb package and I want to install it on my Arch Linux. Is this possible? If yes, how?

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Note that .deb files are just archives that can be uncompressed on any system. Depending on how complex the installation process is, that might be enough to "install" it. –  Michael Kjörling Jul 18 '13 at 20:48

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Is it possible? Yes. Is it a good idea? That depends. You would only really need to do this if the application only exists as a .deb package. It is much more likely that you can just grab the upstream source and write a simple PKGBUILD to install it with pacman.

You should also search the AUR to ensure that someone hasn't done this already.

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Note, that even if a source package is not provided (or easily accessible), .deb files are easily extracted with libarchive. And, makepkg uses bsdtar (which uses libarchive) by default to extract sources in a PKGBUILD. The result of this dependency chain is that you can easily write PKGBUILDs that make use of .deb archives as source files. :D –  HalosGhost Jul 27 '14 at 0:42

dpkg for Arch exists. You should be able to install .deb packages on arch, but you should also not use it instead of pacman, so just use it for selected few packages.

The default command looks like:

# dpkg -i package.deb
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Using an alternate package manager, though an option, is not the correct solution. The correct solution is to write a PKGBUILD to generate a pacman-native package. –  HalosGhost Jul 27 '14 at 0:26

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