[self note:@”manually extracting .deb and .rpm”];

Once in a year I need to look into a DEB or RPM package, either to just take a look how other package software, or to extract a tiny tool otherwise hard to get built. Right now it was gptsync to synchronize the MBR and GPT partition types on a server supposed to just run Linux (e.g. without OS X consuming disk space).

rpm2cpio some.rpm | cpio -idv
dpkg-deb -x some.deb target-dir

Or without the dedicated packagers for DEBs:

ar xv some.deb
tar xvf data.tar.gz

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