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Bug#381863: please include pcmciautils package

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: CD
Image version: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/daily-builds/daily/2006071x/i386/iso-cd/debian-testing-i386-netinst.iso
Date: 2006-07-1x

Machine: IBM Thinkpad T20

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [E]
Configure network:      [E]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install tasks:          [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Overall install:        [O]


I have a Senao Prism 2.5 PCMCIA wireless network card (which, at my current location, is my only way of connecting to the internet). This card uses the hostap_cs driver. The Debian install could not detect this network card because it lacks the pcmciautils package!

My fresh minimal install was worthless until I found another computer, manually downloaded the pcmciautils .deb, copied it to my USB memory stick, copied it from my USB memory stick to this thinkpad laptop and did a 'dpkg -i pcmciautils_014-1_i386.deb'. To let the hostap driver use its propper interface names I also edited /etc/udev/rules.d/z25_persistent- net.rules to contain these two lines:

SUBSYSTEM=="net", KERNEL=="wifi*", DRIVER=="hostap*", SYSFS{address}=="00:02:6f:41:33:b8", NAME="wifi0"

SUBSYSTEM=="net", KERNEL=="wlan*", DRIVER=="hostap*", SYSFS{address}=="00:02:6f:41:33:b8", NAME="wlan0"

After that, everything worked pretty much flawlessly.

In short: please put the pcmciautils package on the netinstall CDs and let the installer automatically install where necessary, because a netinstall is obviously quite useless without functioning network interfaces. Thank you.
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