Why won't alien convert dot run file ?

Asked by Lynne Stevens on 2012-10-23

I get this when I try to convert hplip-3.12.10a.run to deb
root@jackie-Aspire-3100:/home/jackie/Downloads# sudo alien hplip-3.12.10a.run
Unknown type of package, hplip-3.12.10a.run.

Why does it say UNKNOWN type of package ? I have converted several files to DEB tobe installed like the ones for light scribe in Linux . . AND Now it does not work ?

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You don't need alien for the file. Alien converts rpm to deb. the file you have is a binary, much like the ones you use to launch apps.

To use the file you have all you need to do is run:

chmod +x /home/jackie/Downloads/hplip-3.12.10a.run
su jackie

the file will run (it MUST be ran as user, so I added a command to switch you to your user as you clearly switch to root)

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