[sf-lug] olpc: green machine
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Apr 13 16:59:48 PDT 2008
Quoting Alex Kleider (a_kleider at yahoo.com):
> I've found the terminal but there is no /etc/network directory
> and no ifconfig or iwconfig command available.
Shortly afterwards, Alex wrote:
> What I DID discover is that /sbin is NOT in PATH.
Congrats on getting to the bottom of that. One point to mention in
The first sentence quoted nicely illustrates why, when you're posting to
a public forum for help with a technical problem, it's really, _really_
important to post _raw symptom data_ about your problem -- and to
carefully avoid giving only your interpretations _of_ the symptoms.
The phrase "no ifconfig or iwconfig command [was] available" was your
interpretation. The problem is that you assumed, but didn't say, that
those utilities, if present on your system, would have been in a
directory included in PATH.
What would have been raw symptom data? You could have said:
I've found the terminal but there is no /etc/network directory
and no ifconfig or iwconfig command available.
bash: ifconfig: command not found
bash: iwconfig: command not found
Posting that would have made people realise readily that you didn't try
"/sbin/ifconfig" or "/sbin/iwconfig", and might have said "What does
'locate ifconfig' return?"
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