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Can't install package in an offline desktop with Debian 9 (Stretch)

Dalios
Hi all,

I have a desktop with Debian 9.9 (Stretch) installed. I have moved it in
a house were cable connection is not available but wifi is (thanks
neighbors), so I used an older wifi adapter that I have. The adapter is
(according to lsusb) a "ralink technology corp rt2870/rt3070 wireless
adapter".

I followed the advice from the wiki page [wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb] and
downloaded the "firmware-misc-nonfree" package. I moved it to the
offline PC with a USB flash key and then used the following command to
install the package:

# dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb

However wifi is still not working. I can confirm with aptitude that the
package is installed. And I re-plugged the USB adapter and rebooted the
PC just to be sure.

Any advice?


Dalios


PS: I copy here the output of the dpkg -i command in case it is usefull:

# dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
Selecting previously unselected package firmware-misc-nonfree.
(Reading database ... 123562 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb ...
Unpacking firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
Setting up firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130) ...
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.9.0-9-amd64
W: initramfs-tools configuration sets
RESUME=UUID=899bb006-1e73-4c73-905b-bdeedc70863c
W: but no matching swap device is available.
I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sda4
I: (UUID=cf902f00-578b-4b33-b529-7aca95aab455)
I: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
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Re: Can't install package in an offline desktop with Debian 9 (Stretch)

Patrick Bartek-2
On Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:50:40 +0300
dalios <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I have a desktop with Debian 9.9 (Stretch) installed. I have moved it in
> a house were cable connection is not available but wifi is (thanks
> neighbors), so I used an older wifi adapter that I have. The adapter is
> (according to lsusb) a "ralink technology corp rt2870/rt3070 wireless
> adapter".
>
> I followed the advice from the wiki page [wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb] and
> downloaded the "firmware-misc-nonfree" package. I moved it to the
> offline PC with a USB flash key and then used the following command to
> install the package:
>
> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
>
> However wifi is still not working. I can confirm with aptitude that the
> package is installed. And I re-plugged the USB adapter and rebooted the
> PC just to be sure.
>
> Any advice?
>
>
> Dalios
>
>
> PS: I copy here the output of the dpkg -i command in case it is usefull:
>
> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
> Selecting previously unselected package firmware-misc-nonfree.
> (Reading database ... 123562 files and directories currently installed.)
> Preparing to unpack .../firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb ...
> Unpacking firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
> Setting up firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
> update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
> Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130) ...
> update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.9.0-9-amd64
> W: initramfs-tools configuration sets
> RESUME=UUID=899bb006-1e73-4c73-905b-bdeedc70863c
> W: but no matching swap device is available.
> I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sda4
> I: (UUID=cf902f00-578b-4b33-b529-7aca95aab455)
> I: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
> #
>

You have to create a configuration file for the wifi dongle to an
access pointto bring up connection at boot. This can be done manually
with a text editor and root priviledge or with a wifi manager like
wicd.  Debian has a wifi wiki that explains it.  Don't have the link
handy.

The config file is /etc/network/interfaces something like:

# The loopback network interface

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# RALink Wifi Dongle

auto [wifi device designation]
iface [wifi device designation] inet dhcp
        wpa-ssid [Wireless Router Name]
        wpa-psk [Wireless passphrase]


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Re: Can't install package in an offline desktop with Debian 9 (Stretch)

Dalios
On 9/21/19 11:50 PM, Patrick Bartek wrote:

> On Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:50:40 +0300
> dalios <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I have a desktop with Debian 9.9 (Stretch) installed. I have moved it in
>> a house were cable connection is not available but wifi is (thanks
>> neighbors), so I used an older wifi adapter that I have. The adapter is
>> (according to lsusb) a "ralink technology corp rt2870/rt3070 wireless
>> adapter".
>>
>> I followed the advice from the wiki page [wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb] and
>> downloaded the "firmware-misc-nonfree" package. I moved it to the
>> offline PC with a USB flash key and then used the following command to
>> install the package:
>>
>> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
>>
>> However wifi is still not working. I can confirm with aptitude that the
>> package is installed. And I re-plugged the USB adapter and rebooted the
>> PC just to be sure.
>>
>> Any advice?
>>
>>
>> Dalios
>>
>>
>> PS: I copy here the output of the dpkg -i command in case it is usefull:
>>
>> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
>> Selecting previously unselected package firmware-misc-nonfree.
>> (Reading database ... 123562 files and directories currently installed.)
>> Preparing to unpack .../firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb ...
>> Unpacking firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
>> Setting up firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
>> update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
>> Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130) ...
>> update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.9.0-9-amd64
>> W: initramfs-tools configuration sets
>> RESUME=UUID=899bb006-1e73-4c73-905b-bdeedc70863c
>> W: but no matching swap device is available.
>> I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sda4
>> I: (UUID=cf902f00-578b-4b33-b529-7aca95aab455)
>> I: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
>> #
>>
>
> You have to create a configuration file for the wifi dongle to an
> access pointto bring up connection at boot. This can be done manually
> with a text editor and root priviledge or with a wifi manager like
> wicd.  Debian has a wifi wiki that explains it.  Don't have the link
> handy.
>
> The config file is /etc/network/interfaces something like:
>
> # The loopback network interface
>
> auto lo
> iface lo inet loopback
>
> # RALink Wifi Dongle
>
> auto [wifi device designation]
> iface [wifi device designation] inet dhcp
> wpa-ssid [Wireless Router Name]
> wpa-psk [Wireless passphrase]
>
>
> B
>

Thanks for your reply.

I will try this next time I 'l be there. However it seems a little weird
to me that this would be necessary. I have used this wifi adapter in the
past (Debian 6, 7 and 8 in an old laptop) and I never had to do anything
like that. After installing the firmware (using a wired network
connection) it just worked and I only had to put the wifi password in
the network manager applet.

Dalios

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Re: Can't install package in an offline desktop with Debian 9 (Stretch)

Patrick Bartek-2
On Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:17:18 +0300
dalios <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 9/21/19 11:50 PM, Patrick Bartek wrote:
> > On Sat, 21 Sep 2019 21:50:40 +0300
> > dalios <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >  
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I have a desktop with Debian 9.9 (Stretch) installed. I have moved it in
> >> a house were cable connection is not available but wifi is (thanks
> >> neighbors), so I used an older wifi adapter that I have. The adapter is
> >> (according to lsusb) a "ralink technology corp rt2870/rt3070 wireless
> >> adapter".
> >>
> >> I followed the advice from the wiki page [wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb] and
> >> downloaded the "firmware-misc-nonfree" package. I moved it to the
> >> offline PC with a USB flash key and then used the following command to
> >> install the package:
> >>
> >> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
> >>
> >> However wifi is still not working. I can confirm with aptitude that the
> >> package is installed. And I re-plugged the USB adapter and rebooted the
> >> PC just to be sure.
> >>
> >> Any advice?
> >>
> >>
> >> Dalios
> >>
> >>
> >> PS: I copy here the output of the dpkg -i command in case it is usefull:
> >>
> >> # dpkg -i /path/to/package/firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb
> >> Selecting previously unselected package firmware-misc-nonfree.
> >> (Reading database ... 123562 files and directories currently installed.)
> >> Preparing to unpack .../firmware-misc-nonfree_20161130-5_all.deb ...
> >> Unpacking firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
> >> Setting up firmware-misc-nonfree (20161130-5) ...
> >> update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
> >> Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.130) ...
> >> update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-4.9.0-9-amd64
> >> W: initramfs-tools configuration sets
> >> RESUME=UUID=899bb006-1e73-4c73-905b-bdeedc70863c
> >> W: but no matching swap device is available.
> >> I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sda4
> >> I: (UUID=cf902f00-578b-4b33-b529-7aca95aab455)
> >> I: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
> >> #
> >>  
> >
> > You have to create a configuration file for the wifi dongle to an
> > access pointto bring up connection at boot. This can be done manually
> > with a text editor and root priviledge or with a wifi manager like
> > wicd.  Debian has a wifi wiki that explains it.  Don't have the link
> > handy.
> >
> > The config file is /etc/network/interfaces something like:
> >
> > # The loopback network interface
> >
> > auto lo
> > iface lo inet loopback
> >
> > # RALink Wifi Dongle
> >
> > auto [wifi device designation]
> > iface [wifi device designation] inet dhcp
> > wpa-ssid [Wireless Router Name]
> > wpa-psk [Wireless passphrase]
> >
> >
> > B
> >  
>
> Thanks for your reply.
>
> I will try this next time I 'l be there. However it seems a little weird
> to me that this would be necessary. I have used this wifi adapter in the
> past (Debian 6, 7 and 8 in an old laptop) and I never had to do anything
> like that. After installing the firmware (using a wired network
> connection) it just worked and I only had to put the wifi password in
> the network manager applet.
>
> Dalios

Does your network applet handle wifi?  Do you even have a network
applet? Or even a network manager? Is wpa_supplicant installed?  Are the
wifi utilities?  If you've installed with a wired ethernet connection,
perhaps they weren't installed as no wifi hardware was detected.

This was my case as I never intended this box to use wireless, but after
12 years of wired use and numerous distro installs, logistics forced
wireless on me.  However, any type of wireless manager I tried wanted to
reinstall systemd as the init instead of sysvinit which I prefer.  So,
I installed the wifi drivers and utilites, and configured wireless
manually.  FYI: I don't use a desktop, just a window manager and single
panel with menus.

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