I have converted an i336 .rpm file into a .deb file in Ubuntu using alien successfully, but I am getting the following error while converting an i586.rpm file of the same application into a .deb file:

Unpacking of 'app-1-1.i586.rpm' failed at /usr/share/perl5/Alien/Package/Rpm.pm line 155.

I do not know how to resolve this type of issue.

2 Answers 2


check your file with an archive manager

maybe it was not downloaded correctly!


Here is how to install rpm packages on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian.

Install alien and all the dependencies it needs:

# apt-get install alien dpkg-dev debhelper build-essential

To convert a package from rpm to Debian format:

# alien packagen.rpm

Finally, install your package!

# dpkg -i package.deb

For more info, visit: http://namhuy.net/1207/how-to-install-rpm-packages-on-ubuntu-mint-or-debian.html

$ alien -h
  • I think he knows that already (But it's great for people arriving here and who don't)
    – mveroone
    Dec 10, 2013 at 14:41

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