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How do I install Wickr, or any other .deb package in Fedora?

asked 2015-07-31 15:34:07 -0500

dokterw gravatar image

Wickr only provides .deb for their Linux version. I contacted them and asked if they are planning to release a .rpm package, but unfortunately they do not get that question enough to prioritise it. Also, I was the first to ask for a Tarball archive.

I first tried to use alien, but the .deb package seems to be very customised, so the install fails. Then I tried to unpack the .deb, place the files according to the data archive. Still no success.

I have even tried to just run the bin file in hope that it would just start (I know, wishful thinking).

Any suggestions on how to get a program running by installing it manually?

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Where I find the source code? because if not it is a closed program...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2015-07-31 16:53:51 -0500 )edit

Unfortunately it's closed source. It's a good piece of software and they have a good rating from EFF. I think they would have more Linux users if they provided a Tarball such as BitTorrent does with Sync.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2015-08-01 02:33:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-07-31 15:49:17 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. That's a good question, and well asked. You may want to download and install Checkinstall and let it do the work for you. Please let us know if it works or not, so that others can learn from your experience.

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The .deb package for Wickr contains the bin file and lib files. It's closed source, so it's precompiled. I checked the link you provided and it seems to focus on when you make deb/rpm from scratch. Unfortunately I have no experience in making rpm pakcages, especially not taking the content from a .deb and making a .rpm package from it.

I even tried to follow this instruction, attempting to apply to Wickr, but it seems the .deb is extremely customised and specific to Wickr.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2015-08-01 02:43:14 -0500 )edit

I might add when doing a dnf search checkinstall the package isn't found.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2015-08-01 02:49:47 -0500 )edit

This is why I wrote "download and install," instead of just "install." Sometimes you have to install things that aren't in the Fedora repos, and this might be one of those times.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-08-01 13:38:28 -0500 )edit

Oh right, sorry for the the misunderstanding, a bit sleep deprived. I'll give that a go and see if I can get it working. I might also look at how to create an rpm from scratch too, as I doubt I'm the only one in the world that is keen to get Wickr easily installed in Fedora.

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2015-08-02 05:57:15 -0500 )edit

I gave fpm a go as it seemed more suitable for me as I just want to get this done without having to read several howtos.

I tried to create a rpm from deb and from dir. From dir it just did not work at all. From deb I could install, but the app didn't work, it couldn't access it's own database.

I might give it a go another time or just hope they'll release an rpm or even a tarball binary archive. I just don't have the time to fiddle with this right now.

Thanks for your help tho. Much appreciated!

dokterw gravatar imagedokterw ( 2015-08-02 07:23:03 -0500 )edit

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