Bug 1230223 - Used wifi to install Fedora, but NetworkManager-wifi was not installed, so no connection at reboot
Summary: Used wifi to install Fedora, but NetworkManager-wifi was not installed, so no...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: comps
Version: 23
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stephen Gallagher
QA Contact:
: 1248187 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2015-06-10 13:01 UTC by Emanuele Cipolla
Modified: 2016-11-28 13:37 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2016-11-28 13:37:38 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Emanuele Cipolla 2015-06-10 13:01:15 UTC
Description of problem:
I successfully installed Fedora 22 from a Netinst CD. 
The only network interface I used was my wireless card: installation was completed OK.
At reboot, I found that I could not connect because NetworkManager-wifi and its dependencies were not installed. I had to install them using an Ethernet connection. Wireless settings had been stored OK on the hard disk, as connection was immediately available upon restarting NetworkManager.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Perform installation using a wifi interface

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Fedora install
2. Configure and use Wifi
3. Reboot

Actual results:
Unable to connect to wifi

Expected results:
The ability to connect through wifi

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jirka Klimes 2015-06-11 07:39:00 UTC
What exact installation type did you actually use? I know that NetworkManager-wifi might not be present at some minimal installations.

The comps file lists networkmanager-submodules for base-system, so the Wi-Fi plugin should be present on most installations. Anyway, this is rather a bug for comps than for NetworkManager.

More info also in bug 1168573.

Comment 2 Stephen Gallagher 2015-06-11 12:19:34 UTC
The "base-system" group in comps.xml is actually vestigial (nothing pulls it in). It's a relic of some distant past.

That being said, all of the Environment Groups in comps.xml that produce a graphical desktop (Workstation, KDE, Cinnamon, etc.) all pull in the networkmanager-submodules as well.

I *think* that only Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and "minimal" would be missing it.

So please tell us exactly what Environment Group you tried to install. (In Anaconda, this would be the spoke labeled "SOFTWARE SELECTION".

Comment 3 Emanuele Cipolla 2015-06-12 06:36:46 UTC
First of all, excuse me if I misclassified the bug.
I did a Fedora Server install.

Comment 4 Stephen Gallagher 2015-06-12 12:50:56 UTC
Fedora Server intentionally ships without wifi support by default (as well as a number of other devices that are generally not present in the datacenter).

It was a conscious decision that Fedora Server was expected to be deployed primarily on systems that have a persistent physical network connection and we'd avoid cluttering the default install with support for hardware that didn't fit the target audience. As you saw, it's installable after the fact.

Now, the question we could ask is this: should we add an optional group to comps to allow optionally installing wifi/3G/etc. devices in anaconda? This would have the side-effect of increasing the size of the install DVD, since we'd need to have these files be present, even if they are not commonly installed.

Comment 5 Jirka Klimes 2015-08-10 16:09:58 UTC
*** Bug 1248187 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 6 Stephen Gallagher 2015-08-10 18:31:11 UTC
Update to comps.xml:

Update to fedora-install-ks:
Rawhide: https://git.fedorahosted.org/cgit/spin-kickstarts.git/commit/?id=987c20e3b41fa61308a16d2cfa18095ba5a3bbfe
F23: https://git.fedorahosted.org/cgit/spin-kickstarts.git/commit/?h=f23&id=d90ed685609613996f0be04ee846b144dc70bde4

Composes of Fedora 23 Beta and later should have the NetworkManager submodules (including WiFI and WWAN support) as an optional checkbox in the installer. They will still not be installed by default, since they are not needed in most cases, but they will be available on the DVD so as to avoid chicken-and-egg problems with getting network access to download them.

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