I have a fresh installation of Arch Linux.

During the install I used wifi-menu to connect to wifi. After the installation I tried to use it and it said I needed to install dialogs to use it - which wasn't possible because I currently had no access to the Internet.

As a side note the laptop I use is a Sony Vaio Pro 13. It doesn't have an Ethernet connection because it's so thin. So I am forced to use wireless.

I have read the docs and attempted to use netctl but it fails to connect and returns an error that I need to install wpa_supplicant - Again I can't install because I cannot connect to the net.

What other solutions do I have available in order to connect to my access point so I can download the necessary packages?

Btw, iw is not installed. It also appears ifconfig and ipconfig are not installed, which doesn't seem right.

  • You can connect manually to set everything up. If you need to install packages in order to connect, boot from the live medium and use pacstrap to do that.
    – jasonwryan
    May 8, 2014 at 20:36

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Start the livedisk again, remount your drives archroot into your root partition and then install the packages you need and everything should work.


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