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Old 12-19-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
brivy
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iwconfig - ifconfig


Hello, Everyone

I'm using Fedora 8 and trying to get my wireless interface to come up. When I try to use ipconfig or iwconfig this is the output I get. But in the second block of code you see that I have wireless-tools and net-tools installed. Dose anyone have an idea why I can't pull them up in the terminal?

[root@localhost brivy]# ifconfig wlan0
bash: ifconfig: command not found
[root@localhost brivy]# iwconfig wlan0
bash: iwconfig: command not found
[root@localhost brivy]#



[root@localhost brivy]# rpm -q --all --filesbypkg | grep iwconfig
wireless-tools /sbin/iwconfig
wireless-tools /usr/share/man/man8/iwconfig.8.gz
[root@localhost brivy]# rpm -q --all --filesbypkg | grep ipconfig
net-tools /sbin/plipconfig
net-tools /usr/share/man/de/man8/plipconfig.8.gz
net-tools /usr/share/man/fr/man8/plipconfig.8.gz
net-tools /usr/share/man/man8/plipconfig.8.gz
kernel-devel /usr/src/kernels/2.6.23.8-63.fc8-i686/include/net/ipconfig.h


What am I doing wrong?
 
Old 12-19-2007, 12:24 PM   #2
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You have probably used 'su' to become root. That's fine, but as such it won't modify your environment variables like $PATH (it contains the directories where executables are searched when you type a command in the command line); in other words, the $PATH is the user's and not root's, and regular user's $PATH does not include the sbin directories in which the administrative tools are. For example ifconfig and iwconfig are in /sbin which is in root's $PATH but not regular users'.

Fix one: run with full path
Code:
/sbin/iwconfig
Fix two (easier if you run more than one command): su with dash
Code:
su -
type in password as usually, and after this you get a root command prompt, and your environment is changed to that of root's (reverts back when you 'exit'). After this just
Code:
iwconfig
and it should be found.

If you are using Fedora 8, the graphical tools might make it easier to configure your wireless network.
 
Old 12-19-2007, 01:01 PM   #3
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Yep, that was it. I was already logged as root but when I used su - it found it no problem. I'm not completely new to Linux there are still some gaps in what I know. Thank you for your help!
 
  


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