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Old 11-25-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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Installing Arch, Where is iwconfig?


I am trying to install Arch on my laptop. I just returned my Vaio and got an HP. I expect the setup on the HP to be similar to setup on the Vaio...

I had successfully set up the wifi with iwconfig, and brought it up (I was able to ping google.com). When I started the install and chose ftp and a mirror, there was only 1 option. base-devel? Install seemed to go well, and I had grub installed, etc.

Then, when I booted into the freshly installed Arch, I had to again set up the wifi connection. When I try to run iwconfig, it cannot find the command. I'm not sure package I need to install to make sure my wifi tools are there. I guess I could just choose everything?

I will be attempting the install on my HP tonight, so as long as it goes the same way as the Vaio, I will be missing iwconfig again.



On a little aside, grub helped me ensure I could get a refund on the Vaio. I had installed over the original Vista to get rid of all the bloatware. I then realized I didn't have recovery discs. But, I was able to use the grub command line to boot into the recovery partition so I could fully restore the original settings!
 
Old 11-25-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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This will install it:
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pacman -S wireless_tools 
 
Old 11-25-2008, 07:51 PM   #3
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I've never used Arch, so I am not completely familiar with pacman... wouldn't it need an internet connection to install anything? So, I need an internet connection to install the tools that will allow me to have an internet connection?
 
Old 11-25-2008, 08:06 PM   #4
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Reinstall arch with wireless-tools. You can choose it when you select packages.
 
Old 11-25-2008, 10:06 PM   #5
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Reinstall arch with wireless-tools. You can choose it when you select packages.
Really!!!---I've installed Arch maybe 6 times in the last few months, and never saw that. Oh well...

For claudius;
This might be more help than you wanted, but I would always have my home network set up with wireless AND wired connections---very easy to do with a router.** I have gone through quite a few Linux installs on my HP laptop, and wireless is sometimes the last thing I get working.

**The last time we switched ISPs (to Verizon DSL), we got a combo DSL modem/wireless router as part of the package. It's one of the best things the system has ever done for us.....
 
Old 11-25-2008, 10:26 PM   #6
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I specifically chose something with centrino since it seems intel wireless is fairly well supported under linux, so hopefully it will work out of the box. I have the 5100, and according to intellinuxwireless.org, it should be supported in any kernel 2.6.26 and up.

I do have a router, but it's in the basement stashed away so it's not really convenient to use it wired, but I can if I really have to.
 
Old 11-26-2008, 08:34 PM   #7
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I've never used Arch, so I am not completely familiar with pacman... wouldn't it need an internet connection to install anything? So, I need an internet connection to install the tools that will allow me to have an internet connection?
You also need an internet connection to post on this board, don't you? If you have another computer connected, you can grab that package on a USB stick or similar and install it with
PHP Code:
pacman -U wireless_tools-29-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz 
Here is the link to said package:
ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/core/os/i686...686.pkg.tar.gz

Last edited by sasho; 11-26-2008 at 08:36 PM. Reason: added link
 
Old 11-26-2008, 08:44 PM   #8
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You also need an internet connection to post on this board, don't you? If you have another computer connected, you can grab that package on a USB stick or similar and install it with
PHP Code:
pacman -U wireless_tools-29-2-i686.pkg.tar.gz 
Here is the link to said package:
ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/core/os/i686...686.pkg.tar.gz
I was unaware that I could download packages directly to install later in Arch. Where would I download the packages, I found wireless_tools here, but I don't see a download link.

EDIT: Never mind, found it from ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/core/os/x86_64/. I will be attempting Arch again tonight, so if I can't get wireless_tools from the installation, I will get it from the ftp site and throw it on my USB flash drive. Also has the ucode in case I need that too.

Last edited by claudius753; 11-26-2008 at 08:48 PM. Reason: found it
 
  


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