Possibility of using packages of other GNU/Linux-Libre Distros

We can use the repositories of gnewsense or Trisquel, convert their packages to .tlz extension. It will avoid the trouble of creating every package individually for Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre

I think is not completely possible, trisquel and gnewsense, uses not the exact hierarchy that dragora, and for example not the same service mechanic that dragora, they use sysvinit and we use runit, so not all packages are ‘alienized’ (if I can use the word) just those that are hierarchy and dependency compatible, but will be interesting seeing and example of an alien package


It seems it may be possible but if it requires more work than is beneficial a dev will need to decide


1996, 1997 Christoph Lameter
1997 Randolph Chung
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1997-2011 Joey Hess
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“Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede slp, and slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package from another distribution than the one you have installed on your system, you can use alien to convert it to your preferred package format and install it.

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."