ArchLinux Pacman and AUR
Most projects that don’t have packages available in ArchLinux packaging manager pacman can be found in ArchLinux AUR. However, sometimes the project only provides a Debian deb package to download. Here’s how you install a deb package in ArchLinux.
Extract and make:
$ tar zvxf ~/Downloads/debtap.tar.gz -C ~/arch $ cd ~/arch/debtap $ makepkg -s $ sudo pacman -U debtap-3.1.4-2-any.pkg.tar.xz
Convert Debian package to pacman package
Create a directory where you put the deb package and convert to pacman package like in the following example:
$ mkdir ~/tmp/ $ cp ~/Download/<deb-package.deb> ~/tmp $ cd ~/tmp $ debtap <deb-package.deb>
Now you need to answer some questions. Name the package and enter a licence (I just write GPL).
There should now be a pacman package in the directory named deb-package-x.y.z-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
Install the pacman package
$ sudo pacman -U <deb-package>-x.y.z-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz
Package is installed and you’re done!