Installing a .deb package on Arch - Is it possible?
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
.debpackage. 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.
Note, that even if a source package is not provided (or easily accessible), `.deb` files are easily extracted with `libarchive`. And, `makepkg` uses `bsdtar` (which uses `libarchive`) by default to extract sources in a `PKGBUILD`. The result of this dependency chain is that you can easily write `PKGBUILD`s that make use of `.deb` archives as source files. :D