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Old 05-13-2003, 03:06 PM   #1
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Question rpms? pcutils? i need internet! help please

i am trying to install a winmodem i have under slackware 9.0. i found an amazing <a href=">website</a> for using conextant modems under linux.

im brand new to linux. and thing is i dont know which one to use. they had drivers for specifically for mandrake, red hat, and suse, and then a 'generic driver' for all others. then to go even further they have rpm formats and tar archive formats. keep im mind i have been using linux for about an hour or two at this time so i have no idea whats going on. i first tried the tar archive option. and it gave me an error, i forget what it said but i somehow deduced from it i needed to use the rpm one (i guess slackware supports rpms? whatever rpms are? some sort of packaging?) so i tried the rpm version and it gave me this.

"Failed dependencies: pciutils is needed by ..."

what is pcutils? a little research stated it should be on my installation cd. looked through it. nothing.

help? please?

if anyone can help me with using a terayon cable modem connected through a usb port i would appreciate that too.
Old 05-13-2003, 03:19 PM   #2
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the best place to look for packages is [URL=]this /URL]

to this site enter search for the file you are looking for and then select the rpm for your particular distribution. it is generally necessary to satisfy the dependencies for everything to work fine.
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I think manthram may have missed that you have slackware 9.0.
rpms are indeed a type of package management system, started by red hat but also used by mandrake, suse and others. I am fairly new to slackware myself, but I think that rpms are not generally recommended on Slackware, which uses the *.tgz package system.
Mandrake etc are a bit easier to manage as a newbie, as the rpm system is a bit more 'automatic', however I dont want to put you off slackware which is a really great distro.

You have however got a bit of an steep learning curve if you want to get your winmodem installed. I dont think you will find a slackware package - but have a search anyway. I think you will need the TAR Archive x86 option, assuming you have x86 architecture. (The rpm will look for pciutils wherever the distro that the rpm belongs to has installed it, which may not be the same place as in slackware!)

If you look in /var/log/packages you will probably see that pciutils-2.1.11-i386-1 is already there.

If you are prepared to have a go, download the tar file, and put it in its own directory, eg /home/conexant. Open up a console, cd to your new directory and uncompress the file:

tar -xvzf filename.tar.gz

you will find a README and/or INSTALL text file inside which should guide you on what to do next, often something like
make install

the 'make install' bit would need to be done as root.

This may sound too complicated, if so then a) get a friend to help, b) wait for a more helpful post, c) get that cable modem working instead, or d)get started and then ask more questions!

The other option is to make your own package and install it, but I am not the right person to advise you on this.

good luck, tobyl
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I seem to have the same problem doing it that way also a dependencie for /bin/sh.

Also the other way you need to have the kernel build which you can get!
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The package you want is

The pciutils are actually part of
your Slackware, you just might not have
installed them. They live on your cd in

To install them just do
mount /mnt/cdrom
(assuming you didn't change the defaults)
installpkg /mnt/cdrom/slackware/a/pciutils-2.1.11-i386-4

Old 05-20-2003, 08:04 AM   #6
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Do you have an ethernet card on your system?
If you do, configuring the terayon or cable modem is a breeze. Always choose ethernet over USB for cable modem or anything dealing with networking. I have a Terayon cable modem too. In reality it does not matter the brand. The modem is just going to connect with the isp and then allow you to connect to the internet. All you got to do is configure your ethernet card with netconfig and tell it to use DHCP.

Old 05-20-2003, 05:25 PM   #7
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Forget about RPMs in Slackware.

Tobyl's reply was pretty much on the mark. Probably the main reason that you had a failed dependency for the RPM was that you don't have an RPM database set up since Slackware doesn't use RPM's by default. This will make it so that any RPM of any kind with any dependencies will fail, because it will find no packages listed in your database. My advice is to forget about using an RPM unless you want to change distributions to one that uses them by default.

I looked at the website you pointed to and you do indeed need the generic driver for it to work. Tobyl's advice about how to open it is correct. Don't be confused by the fact that Slackware's packages also are gzipped tar files. The generic driver is not a package, but rather just the source code for compiling your own driver. It cannot be installed with Slackware's package tools. There should be instructions for compiling it inside in a file named INSTALL, INSTALL.txt, README, README.txt, or something similar after you unzip it. Again Tobyl pointed out one of the most likely ways.

HOWEVER, there is a problem with this. I am almost certain that you will need the source code for the kernel installed on your system to compile this driver. This is not installed with the Slackware 9.0 download edition. This is because there is not enough room on the CD for it and everything else. You can find the source package (which can be installed with Slackware's pkgtool) on the Internet, at one of the Slackware mirror ftp sites under the directory pub/slackware/slackware-9.0/slackware/k with a filename of kernel-source-2.4.20-noarch-5.tgz. The trick is getting this onto a computer with no Internet access. You could get this from one of the CDs that come with the boxed edition of Slackware, or you could burn it onto a CD and install it from there.

I very strongly recommend using an ethernet card to attach to your cable modem under both Linux and Windows if at all possible. USB network connections use many more of your system resouces than ethernet connections do. An ethernet card will most likely be much less trouble to install under Linux and will not be very much more difficult, if any more, to install under Windows than a USB network connection.


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