Conversion from DEB based system to Arch

My wife has an old laptop running Mint 18.3. I want to standardise on EOS for our machines. I wondered if there was anything that can convert the packagelist of DEB based systems to Arch?

I have the DEB list like this:

dpkg --get-selections > ~/InstalledPackages.list

Which will give me results like (truncated):

xserver-xorg-video-intel                        install
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau                      install
xserver-xorg-video-qxl                          install
xserver-xorg-video-radeon                       install
xserver-xorg-video-vesa                         install
xserver-xorg-video-vmware                       install
xsltproc                                        install
xul-ext-lightning                               install
xviewer                                         install
xviewer-plugins                                 install
xz-utils                                        install
yelp                                            install
yelp-xsl                                        install
youtube-dl                                      install
zenity                                          install
zenity-common                                   install
zip                                             install
zlib1g:amd64                                    install
zlib1g:i386                                     install

But of course the packages are named differently for the two different *nixes. So is there any way to match the installs and save a life :wink: ?

The simplest way would be to install the same DE and then add the main applications. I would also suggest not using the same home directories, rename them (after backup) and then it makes it easy to copy non config files.


This. There are many packages that have no equivalent in Arch (e.g. any -dev package), so there’s no easy way of doing this. Make a note of the software you have installed, then reinstall it.


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