Trouble getting module-assistant

Forum: Apt-get
Topic: Trouble getting module-assistant
started by: shanet

Posted by shanet on April 30 2006,14:19
I'm trying to install module-assistant as it is a prerequisite for installing the drivers for a PCI Wireless card I have in this system (RaLink RT2500). The guide to installing the card in Debian ( says you use module-assistant... So I try to apt-get module-assistant but it tells me

Reading Package Lists...
Building Dependency Tree...
Package module-assistant has no available version, but exists in the database.
This typically means that the package was mentioned in a dependency and
never uploaded, has been obsoleted or is not available with the contents
of sources.list

Oh yeah, and my /etc/apt/sources.list reads thus

#deb < > testing main sid
#deb < > oldstable main non-free contrib sid
#deb < > testing/non-US main contrib non-free sid
#deb-src < > testing/non-US main contrib non-free sid
#deb < > ./

Do I need more sources? What ones should I use?

Additionally, (possibly unrelated) I tried to install module-assistant from a debian package but it tells me that it depends on perl, and that perl is not installed, however...

perl -v gives me

This is perl, v5.8.0 built for i386-linux-thread-multi

Copyright 1987-2002, Larry Wall

Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License or the
GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 source kit.

Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on
this system using `man perl' or `perldoc perl'.  If you have access to the
Internet, point your browser at <, > the Perl Home Page.


So CLEARLY perl exists... but anyway, I sudo apt-get install perl (just for the craic) and it tells me the same stuff that it said about having no installation candidate that it said about module-assistant.

Would anyone be able to shed some light on this? I normally trust apt-get to make things super-easy for me, but now I'm confused...

Posted by kerry on April 30 2006,19:46
You need to turn them on first by uncommenting(#) them then do apt-get update.
#deb < > testing main sid


deb < > testing main sid

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