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Extract files from DEB package

Some day ago, I wrote about RPM extraction, today I need content of DEB packcage, on the contrary of rpm systems debian package manager allow to extract natively by this command:

#dpkg-deb -x somepackage.i386.deb

But my problem is different, I not using Debian sytem, fortunately DEB files are “ar” archives, which contain three files:
– debian-binary
– control.tar.gz
– data.tar.gz

first, extract “ar” archive with this simple command:

# ar vx somepackage.i386.deb

then extract the contents of data.tar.gz using tar:

# tar -xzvf data.tar.gz

Or, if you want, you can made in one step:

# ar p somepackage.i386.deb data.tar.gz | tar zx

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