During my search for a good Markdown text editor for Linux, I came across a few that had binary installation only for Debian and Ubuntu distributions. See The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop.
Because my main Linux desktop is powered for Fedora, I decided to find an alternate method of installing those applications other than compiling them from source. Call it a lazy approach, but sometimes you have to find shortcuts.
The only other method that I am aware of is to use alien to convert the .deb package to a .rpm package, then install the generated RPM package using either yum or alien itself. Unfortunately, all my attempts at that failed.
Here’s what happened.
1. For Atom, the best Markdown-capable editor that I came across, the reason it failed was because libchromiumcontent.so was required, but it could not be installed. There’s a lengthy discussion about issues with libchromiumcontent.so on GitHub, but no suggestion there solved the installation attempt of an alien-generated file.
2. For Haroopad, another very good Markdown-capable editor, the problem was with libudev.so.0. I spend almost three hours trying to find a workaround to this one. Yep, I tried symlinking to libudev.so.1.5.x and libudev.so.1 but it didn’t work. I even tried
<strong>yum distro-sync</strong> to no avail.
3. The last attempt was with Springseed, but the reason for failure was slightly different. Couldn’t make head or tail out of the error, so I gave up on it. Will take another stab at it later.
So using alien to generate an RPM package from a DEB package is easy. Installing the generated RPM package is where the headache awaits. By the way, to install alien on Fedora, type:
<strong>yum install alien</strong>.