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I am trying to use Fedora 19 on my Lenovo yoga 13. A common issue with this setup is that the laptop's wifi does not work out of the box on any linux distribution yet. This question and also this question is very similar to mine, in which the askers found working wlan drivers but had trouble installing them. However, in my scenario to make & make install the driver, I apparently need the following packages:

kernel-headers kernel-devel gcc patch

Because I don't have working wireless or an ethernet port, I effectively can not use yum to install these from the internet. I have attempted downloading the rpm packages myself on another machine, transferring them via a flash drive, and using rpm -Uhv to install each one, but they appear to need endless dependencies that I do not have from installing Fedora 19 via a live USB. I gave up after a few hours of trying to navigate these lists of dependencies.

Is there a better way of installing required development packages in order to install a driver when I have no internet connection?

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You can yum install from a local repository rather than a network one. If you haven't installed any updates on your system (and it sounds like you haven't), you can use the installation DVD (although not the Live CD / Live USB) version. There are instructions for this in the install guide; the quick version is to mount the DVD somewhere (like /mnt) and create an /etc/yum.repos.d/dvd.repo file like this:


and then just go ahead and yum install from this repository. By default, yum will attempt (and fail) to access your networked repos, so you have to either edit the config files to disable them, or run your yum command like this:

 yum --disablerepo='*' --enablerepo=dvd install ...

If you don't have a DVD drive, you can do something similar with a USB stick onto which you've copied the contents of the Fedora 19 repository. Of course, you don't really need the whole thing, but just getting it all is the easy way to avoid having to figure out the dependency chain yourself.

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Thanks, thanks the fact that there is a local repo on the dvd image was the missing information I needed. However, after setting all this up I run into a problem with using yum install. See my edit for further information. Any idea what could be wrong? – MattLBeck Aug 20 '13 at 22:52
Try yum --disablerepo='*' --enablerepo=dvd ... to tell it to not use any other repositories. (Or edit the .repo files to disable them.) – mattdm Aug 20 '13 at 22:56
Thanks that did it! I don't really understand why yum is not configured to try another repo after failing to connect an online one, but I've managed to install the wlan driver on Fedora now! – MattLBeck Aug 21 '13 at 9:53
If you set up the same repo with multiple sources, it will fall back. If you have multiple repositories configured but one doesn't work, it takes the conservative choice of bailing out. – mattdm Aug 21 '13 at 12:25
@kikumbob To make this more helpful to someone in the future, I'm going to edit the answer to reflect the above, roll back your question to the previous version, and delete all this chit-chat. :) – mattdm Aug 21 '13 at 15:47

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