In my case, there are times when, for example, a program won’t build in Arch, but it’s available precompiled in the Debian repositories.
For times like that, deb2targz shunts the .deb file to a tar.gz, which can be used in Arch as well as a few other distros too.
deb2targz only does one thing. It doesn’t take any switches that I can see. It doesn’t have a man page that I could find. And aside from the information on the home page, that’s all the guidance you get.
On the other hand, I’ve never had a problem with it, and “sparse” doesn’t mean “non-functional.”
For the record, I don’t bother actually installing the tar.gz file. Decompressing it and ripping out the binary is usually as close as I get.
If that works, it works. If not, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve. 😈
And yes, I know about alien. What do you think is next?