[arch-general] RPM Question

Lew Wolfgang wolfgang at sweet-haven.com
Sat Oct 2 20:41:32 EDT 2010

  Hi Folks,

New Arch user here.   I really like it!  Another Arch user recommended it to me after 
I started noticing quality issues with another of the main distributions.

I'm currently working on a test install to see if Arch will function in a very 
restricted environment.  So far I've successfully installed KDE and configured for a 
true IPv6 network.  Yet to be done is support for Common Access Cards and their USB 
readers.  I've been having issues with pcscd but I'm not ready to ask for help yet.  
I also tried fake-raid but gave up in favor of the much simpler JBOD (two disks) config.

But I ran into a problem installing something called HBSS from McAfee.   This is a 
package for Windows that is nothing more than a root-kit that allows remote 
administrators to set policy, remove/block programs, report versions, etc.  
Unfortunately management mandates that non-Windows systems also run it.  So McAfee 
labored mightily and emitted a Java port of the Windows package that gives minimal 
reporting capabilities for Linux installs.  It works on all the major distros but 
fails to install on Arch due to an RPM dependency.  Their install script just fails 
saying it can't find rpm.  The script contains much ugliness and is McAfee 
proprietary, so I doubt hacking it will be productive.

So the question is:  can Arch be configured/tricked into an rpm install?

Thanks for a great distro, and your wiki is amazing!  It's a little light on IPv6 
info, but I might be able to help there later.

Lew Wolfgang

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