alien - convert and install rpm and other packages

Property Value
Distribution Debian 10 (Buster)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package filename alien_8.95_all.deb
Package name alien
Package version 8.95
Package release -
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Category admin devel::packaging implemented-in::perl interface::commandline role::program scope::utility suite::debian use::converting works-with-format::tar works-with::archive works-with::software:package
License -
Maintainer Debian QA Group <>
Download size 80.34 KB
Installed size 166.00 KB
Alien allows you to convert LSB, Red Hat, Stampede and Slackware Packages
into Debian packages, which can be installed with dpkg.
It can also generate packages of any of the other formats.
This is a tool only suitable for binary packages.


Package Version Architecture Repository
alien_8.95_all.deb 8.95 all Debian Main
alien - - -


Name Value
cpio -
debhelper >= 7
dpkg-dev -
make -
perl -
rpm >= 2.4.4-2
rpm2cpio -


Type URL
Binary Package alien_8.95_all.deb
Source Package alien

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install alien deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install alien




2015-09-10 - Fabiano Antunes <>
alien (8.95) unstable; urgency=medium
* QA upload.
* debian/control:
- Bumped Standards-Version to 3.9.6.
- Removed duplicated section field.
* debian/copyright:
- Replaced protocol from http to https in the Format field.
- Included authors' e-mail addresses.
- Replaced GPL-2+ license reference by actual GPL-2+ license.
* debian/source/format: Created as 3.0 (native).
2015-07-25 - gregor herrmann <>
alien (8.94) unstable; urgency=medium
* QA upload.
* Fix "FTBFS with perl 5.22 in experimental (MakeMaker changes)":
remove override_dh_auto_install in debian/rules, and 
use DESTDIR in Makefile.PL.
(Closes: #792371)
2014-11-07 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.93) unstable; urgency=medium
* Alien needs a new maintainer, both in Debian and upstream.
2014-08-31 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.92) unstable; urgency=medium
* Remove suggests for lsb-rpm, which no longer exists.
Closes: #756873
2014-06-13 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.91) unstable; urgency=medium
* Support other deb data.tar compression schemes in fallback code.
Closes: #718364
Thanks, Guillem Jover
2014-02-27 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.90) unstable; urgency=medium
* Add --target=<arch> option for setting architecture. Closes: #260948
(Thanks, Teemu Ikonen)
* Add conversion from ppc64le (rpm) to ppc64el (deb).
* debhelper v9
2013-08-22 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.89) unstable; urgency=low
* Correct man page to say RPMBUILDOPT (not RPMBUILDOPTS). Closes: #701106
* Handle whitespace in path to RPMs. Closes: #719776
(Thanks, Christopher Huhn)
2012-08-09 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.88) unstable; urgency=low
* Ensure that version numbers begin with well, a number, when building a
deb, otherwise dpkg-deb will refuse to build it.
2012-04-05 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.87) unstable; urgency=low
* Use lsb-rpmbuild, not lsb-rpm. Closes: #667044
* Fix adding of postinst script to deb, containing rpm permissions
fixups code. Closes: #667651
2011-11-12 - Joey Hess <>
alien (8.86) unstable; urgency=low
* Filter out illegal characters in version number when building a deb.
Closes: #648531

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