[SOLVED]Howto install wireless-tools w/o internet connection

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[SOLVED]Howto install wireless-tools w/o internet connection

Postby aduplat » 2009-12-11 04:40

Hello:

My old laptop just have wireless not a cable.
I already know that my Ethernet controller is: Realtek RTL8180L 802.11b MA. I also know that it is supported.
http://wiki.debian.org/rtl818x

I just need to follow this instructions:

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# aptitude update && aptitude install wireless-tools


and then

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# modprobe rtl8180


But the question is, if I don't have an Internet connection right now, how can I install those wireless-tools.

Thanks,
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Re: How to install wireless-tools without internet connection

Postby bluesdog » 2009-12-11 06:42

If you don't have an internet connection, how are you posting on the forum?

:?:


Seriously, you can download the debian packages on another Debianized computer, save 'em to removable media such as a flash drive or cd, then install it on the target computer using dpkg.

command to use:
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aptitude install -d wireless-tools
The 'd' switch forces aptitude to download only.

The package, and dependents, would be located in /var/apt/cache/archives which initially likely contains a number of packages you won't need, so you could either:
    1. first run apt-get clean on the host computer, or
    2. rename the folder, then create a new, temporary /var/apt/cache/archive folder to temporarily contain wireless-tools etc.

If you choose the former, once aptitude has finished the task, copy contents of /var/apt/cache/archives to a removable media.
If you choose the latter method, once you've copied the contents to a removable media, delete the temporary /var/apt/cache/archives, and restore the original by renaming it once more.

Install on target computer with command
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dpkg -i *.deb
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Re: How to install wireless-tools without internet connection

Postby aduplat » 2009-12-11 15:44

Mr. Bluesdog, thank's so much.

Ok. But right now I have another issue. My computer doesn't mount the pendrive.

I tried to follow these suggestions:

Assume the pendrive is /dev/sda1 and you want to mount it at /media/pendrive, then you should be able to mount it as a priveleged user with

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mount /dev/sda1 /media/pendrive


But it didn't work. Right now my computer is working just in CLI mode. You already are helping me with this problem.
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I was thinking to re-install Debian using a DVD because, I think that I will have more tools to work with.
Do you agree?
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By the way:
I have another laptop with Ubuntu 9.10.

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Re: How to install wireless-tools without internet connection

Postby bluesdog » 2009-12-11 19:23

Was there an error message resulting from the failed mount command?

eg>
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mount: you must specify the filesystem type


Also, did you specifically make a mountpoint?

eg, as root:

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mkdir /media/pendrive


Then:

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mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/pendrive

Assuming the system has designated it as /dev/sdb1, and it is formatted vfat, as is usual with pendrives, that should work.

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As to re-installing from DVD, you may try that as a last resort, but I'm generally reluctant to do a reinstall unless the system is completely borked. Just a matter of principle, I suppose..

You can probably install wireless-tools from the DVD, instead of using the pendrive. Try
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mount /media/cdrom

Then navigate to /pool/main/w/wireless-tools

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