I' ve just installed Arch Linux on my computer, I have some problems: If I write

# iwconfig

The result is

-bash: iwconfig: command not found

the same is with ifconfig instead if I try with

# wifi-menu

I have

Please install 'dialog' to use wifi-menu

I don't have a modem to connect wire. What should I do?

  • I' ve solved using a ethernet wire and writing dhcpcd than I tried to ping ping -c 3 www.google.it And I saw that now I'm connected ;)
    – Mitro
    Dec 27, 2012 at 15:17
  • Now I' m again disconnetted and I don' t know why, iwconfig still doesn't work
    – Mitro
    Dec 27, 2012 at 15:24
  • After dialog install the connection is fallen downl EDIT: MY ETH WIRE IS BROKEN -.-" but iwconfig??
    – Mitro
    Dec 27, 2012 at 15:25

1 Answer 1


iwconfig is part of the wireless_tools package, and ifconfig is part of net-tools on my Arch laptop (relatively up-to-date). To install:

pacman -S wireless_tools  net-tools

It sounds like you need to educate yourself on the use of systemctl to start/stop the DHCP client service. My first guess after "bad cable" would be that dhcpcd isn't working correctly.


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