I am new to linux and Suse. I have a desktop that if a few years old that I decided to install Suse on and start to use it. The install went fine but I am trying to get the wireless NIC working. Using the Network Manager, I’ve been able to enable the NIC, and the NIC sees the networks. But Network Manager always ends configuration with “The following packages need to be installed: iw.” I am pretty much stuck there.
Where can I find the iw package to install? I’m pretty sure I can install it if I can just find the files.
I’ve googled and searched this forum but haven’t been able to find anything definative that gave me the answer.
I did go through a lot of the posts that were sort of similar to my problem, but I wasn’t able to find an answer there either.
Once again, I’m new to Suse, but I’m familiar with running commands, etc and can post any info needed.
You install* iw* like any other software package. E.g. YaST > Software > Software management, type* iw* in the Search field and click the Search button. Now iw is a sort of frquent character combinarion, but nevertheless one of the hits at right is called* iw*. Check the box in front abn click Accept at lower-right.
It seemed that you missed some information we have here on the forums for beginning openSUSE users e.g. in the How To/FAQ Forums, the first subforum is called New User How To/FAQ (read only).
If I search with the default settings of “Search in Name/Keywords/Summary” I get a single result of package libi30 (tools for a wireless LAN). It is already checked and the Installed (Available) column has an entry of 30.pre9-21.1.3. Is that the right package and does that mean it is already installed?
If I enable the other search choices Description/RPM Provides/RPM Requires/File List then I get about 30 entries. It seems to be a lot of things, but they all seem to be installed.
Am I doing the search wrong? Am in Yast2 - Software Management
For one time I did not ask for the things you forgot to mention: what level of openSUSE are you using? For one time I was so … by people not telling what they have that I thought that I could give a quick answer. Alas, I was stupid it seems.
My answer was for openSUSE 11.4.
I did a search on software.opensuse.org: Search Results
Again,* iw* being a often occuring character combination, there is a lot of rubbish there, but e.g. the first and third look OK to me, but further down there seem to be more recent ones. I do not know if anybody can comment on this (and why it is not in the 12.1 OSS repo any more).
zypper install iw
it is in the standard oss repository.
or if you need to to download it separately for offline install (64 bit)
similar for 32 bit just browse the i586 repos.
PC: oS 11.4 (dual boot 12.1) 64 bit | Intel Core firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz | KDE
4.6.0 | GeForce GT 420 | 16GB Ram
Eee PC 1201n: oS 11.4 64 bit | Intel Atom email@example.comGHz | KDE 4.8.0 |
nVidia ION | 3GB Ram
As I did not see @martin_help’s post before I posted mine above, I supposed that* iw *is not in the OSS repo of 12.1 because you say you can not find it. martin_help says it does exist. In that case forget my post above to install from other, less standard, repos.
Recheck if* iw* is not in your standard repo setup. Or simply try the zypper alternative martin_helm posted.
On 02/24/2012 11:26 AM, hcvv wrote:
> For one time I did not ask for the things you forgot to mention: what
> level of openSUSE are you using? For one time I was so … by people not
> telling what they have that I thought that I could give a quick answer.
> Alas, I was stupid it seems.
> My answer was for openSUSE 11.4.
> I did a search on ‘software.opensuse.org: Search Results’
> Again,- iw- being a often occuring character combination, there is a
> lot of rubbish there, but e.g. the first and third look OK to me, but
> further down there seem to be more recent ones. I do not know if anybody
> can comment on this (and why it is not in the 12.1 OSS repo any more).
In 12.1, it was moved to the wireless repo at
I’m using version 12.1.
I was able to install it from martin’s post by browing the i586 repos. That got me through the Network Settings issue. Then, via other posts, I was able to determine that I needed to have Network Settings set to use the Network Manager Applet instead of ifup. Once I changed that, I was able to connect no problem.
Thanks a lot for the help.
You are welcome! Nice you sorted it out.