Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

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Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby kiddjsh » Sep 12th, '21, 05:08

I just recently installed Mageia as my Linux OS, and was wanting to add a VPN service. All of the FREE to use VPN services found online do not seem to support Mageia, so I started doing some research through the Wiki. I found an instance where a user can rebuild a distro for Mageia, with references to Fedora and Debian as the source .rpm packages; I wasn't able to locate the alien program mentioned from the Mageia repo for Debian packages. The VPN service I was looking at is the ProtonVPN, and they have downloadable Fedora, Debian and ArchLinux packages. Is the process of rebuilding a distro fairly easy, or is there another way around this?

Foreign .rpm packages

An rpm from another distro can often be rebuilt for Mageia. Please refer to Packagers RPM tutorial. A good source for the best suitable package candidates is Fedora.

Also see our forum thread How to rebuild an src.rpm, using amoebax as example
.deb packages

Programs packaged for Debian/Ubuntu/... in .deb format can often be converted using the program alien, which you can install from Mageia repo.

Example: How to repackage and install Spotify
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby sturmvogel » Sep 12th, '21, 10:10

You don't need the ProtonVPN package. You can also setup this VPN with Mageia onboard tools. Make sure you have Mageias network-manager installed.
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Switching_to_networkmanager

And now follow the instructions from ProtonVPN to setup your connection with Mageias networkmanager-openvpn:
https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-openvpn/
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby morgano » Sep 12th, '21, 13:17

Welcome to Mageia kiddjsh! :)

You may like to introduce yourself at viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15

Thank you for noticing and reporting we no longer have alien packaged.

I would like to update https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Ways_to_inst ... b_packages with a working method. (For now, I noted there that we do not have alien any more.)

Anyone here know how to do install .deb?
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby sturmvogel » Sep 12th, '21, 13:30

According to our Database we do have alien packaged.
https://madb.mageia.org/package/show/application/0/arch/x86_64/name/alien
Morgano, i reversed the change in our Wiki!

But as already mentioned: This is not necessary to get a working VPN under any linux distribution.
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby morgano » Sep 12th, '21, 15:20

Thanks sturmvogel for the correction :)
I did check myself but did it in a wrong way :oops:
BTW, currently a bug and fix in our alien here
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby kiddjsh » Sep 24th, '21, 01:17

So, the alien program can be downloaded from the link above, and it won't have any problems with creating a .deb version of the program to run, that will be compatible with Mageia? Meaning, I can use the alien program to repackage a debian version of the ProtonVPN service? Has the bug fix been implemented, that was mentioned before?
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby kiddjsh » Sep 24th, '21, 02:30

Also, I followed the instructions above on OpenVPN, how I'm getting an error when attempting to following the instructions from ProtonVPN.
bash: apt-get: command not found

any pointers?
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Re: Rebuilding .rpm package for VPN

Postby sturmvogel » Sep 24th, '21, 10:34

Mageia is using rpm and dnf. But if you are not familiar to commandline you can also use the Mageia software center.

Install following packages via software center:

Code: Select all
networkmanager-openvpn-1.8.12-1.mga8.x86_64.rpm
openvpn-2.5.0-2.1.mga8.x86_64.rpm
plasma-applet-nm-openvpn-5.20.4-1.mga8.x86_64.rpm



P.S.:
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Installing_and_removing_software
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Install_and_remove_software_for_beginners
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