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?
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.
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
Possible? Yes, but different methods exist on basis of use case.
Assumption: The debian package doesn't have an equivalent package in the Arch (or Arch based Distribution's) official repository.
sudo pacman -S yaourt
Reason: yaourt is a front-end(CLI-based) for pacman used to query & install AUR packages. In case the debian package has already been repackaged as an AUR by someone else.
sudo yaourt -S package_name
package_name with the name of the debian package as found in the AUR. It'll attempt to install the dependencies on it's own using
Assumption: The Debian package hasn't been repackaged as an Arch package in AUR yet.
sudo yaourt -S debtap
Create equivalent package using
sudo pacman -U package_name.pkg
Not the recommended way (possibly dangerous)
This method attempts to install the package using the debian packaging format on Arch, which is not recommended due to possible danger of corrupting your installation. If using this method it is recommended to be ready with a rescue disc image of Arch & backup of the user data/space.
sudo yaourt -S dpkg
Install the debian package using
sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb
You can install dpkg by:
If you don't have
yaourt, you can get it from its AUR page.
cd to where you put it and
dpkg -i package.deb whatever the package may be