Converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede slp, and slackware tgz file formats.
Despite the large version number, alien is still (and will probably always be) rather experimental software. It has been used by many people for many years, but there are still many bugs and limitations.
Alien should not be used to replace important system packages, like sysvinit, shared libraries, or other things that are essential for the functioning of your system. Many of these packages are set up differently by Debian and Red Hat, and packages from the different distributions cannot be used interchangably. In general, if you can't uninstall the package without breaking your system, don't try to replace it with an alien version.
To convert packages to or from rpms, you need the Red Hat Package Manager.
If you want to convert packages into debian packages, you will need the dpkg, dpkg-dev, and debhelper packages. You'll also need gcc, and make.
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What's New in version 8.86
- Filter out illegal characters in version number when building a deb. Closes: #648531