debian from ethernet to wifi

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Sep 14 22:17:57 UTC 2015

Debian is telling me wpa_supplicant doesn't exist and that packages have 
wpa_supplicant in their name and then lists wpagui.

On Mon, 14 Sep 2015, Geoff Shang wrote:

> Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:20:33
> From: Geoff Shang <geoff at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: debian from ethernet to wifi
> On Mon, 14 Sep 2015, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> I'm using a command line environment on what is probably a limited size 
>> laptop and the only wpa_supplicant on debian is a gui package.  There's no 
>> command line version of that package.
> I'm guessing it's wanting to install a bunch of graphical libraries, which is 
> why you're saying what you're saying.
> wpasupplicant is not a GUI package and should install fine.  It does depend 
> on a couple of networking libraries but that's it.
> What I suspect is happening is that it's also wanting to install wpagui which 
> *is* a GUI program.  This is a suggested package, and unfortunately apt is 
> configured to pull in recommended packages by default.
> You can run the following command to turn this annoying feature off:
> echo 'APT::Install-Recommends "false";' 
>> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99disable-recommends
> HTH,
> Geoff.
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