Downloaded a .deb or a .rpm file on your Linux system? Want to extract just a config file for installation? Try these tips to extract those files and save your time.
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A Debian or Ubuntu .deb package is nothing but old good Unix ar archive format. The ar command is used to keep together groups of files as a single archive and .deb includes the following three files.
To be frank, there is no direct option available for the rpm command to extract an RPM file. However, there is a small nifty utility available called rpm2cpio. It extracts cpio archive from RPM Package Manager (RPM) package. With the following hack, you will be able to extract an RPM file.