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Old 03-29-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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netinstall...wlan drivers OK, but no iwconfig


Hi

I use wireless card for networking. I installed debian 5.0 via netinst CD but jumped the networking stage, because I prefer to do it by hand.

So all goes well, and I boot up and see my card has been recognised, and is loaded up as a module (rt61). However, I see there is no iwconfig, by which I take it, there are no wireless tools? That;s sort of weird. Maybe there are other wireless tools I haven't heard of. Any clues?

I suppose I an just use my other OS's to connect and get the wireless tools package ... but I wanted to check out here first, because it doesn't make sense to have wlan card recognised and all set up nicely, and not to have iwconfig. It must be me that has something wrong.

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Old 03-29-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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Did you install them?

You installed via netinst, therefore you can get this machine on the network.
 
Old 03-29-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for reply.

I downloaded the netinst CD via my Windows installation.

The Debian installation I did using the _CD_ called netinst.

It's still mysetifying me, why iwconfig is not there.

Any other clues welcomes.
 
Old 03-29-2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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Ok - so if you had no internet connection during the install, you installed next to nothing and I'm susprised you have anything usable. The netinst CD, as implied by the name, enables a network install so you only have to download what you need, but you need an internet connection during the install! You're going to need to hook it up via a wire, or download some of the full install CDs/DVDs, to get the packages you need.

BTW, iwconfig is in the wireless-tools package. Debian package search here.

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Old 03-30-2009, 05:17 PM   #5
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About iwconfig, did you do this command as root? Won't work as user.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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iwconfig is part of the Wireless-tools package

aptitude update
aptitude install wireless-tools


and it is not something that is installed automatically, you must install it.



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And I see that AlucardZero already stated this making my post redundant... Guess I should read closer next time..
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:50 AM   #7
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I want to say I appreciate all your replies.

There is something wrong with my brain on this one, as I don't seem to get it.

The fact that the netinstall CD has correctly set up my wireless drivers is the major step. The big surprise is that iwconfig is not available by default.

Sure, I can drag over my PC to the line connection. Sure, I can download wireless tools from another OS installation. You may ask, what's your problem, then?

I just wanted to be 100% sure .. there's plenty wireless capability on the netinstall CD, but iwconfig is excluded, so there's no direct access to that capability.

To me, it cries out for remastering ... and including iwconfig this time around so that an installer can connect to the net via wlan, and thereby undertake a full installation without a wired connection.
 
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Put your netinstall CD back in the Drive and type the following.

aptitude update
aptitude install wireless-tools


and NO it shouldn't be installed automatically. Why would I want it on a system that doesn't have a wireless card ?

Lenny NETINSTALL i386 iso
pool/main/w/wireless-tools/wireless-tools_29-1.1_i386.deb



There is nothing that needs remastered.
 
Old 03-31-2009, 09:07 AM   #9
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I'd wager that if you selected "laptop" and had a net connection during the install, iwconfig would have been installed.
 
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thanks for the replies, things are now clear to me. Cheers!
 
  


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