Network broken on Slax beta, fixed in Slackware current

Lots of people reported that network manager doesn't work on Slax 7.0.9 beta and thus makes them some problems connecting to internet. It has been also noticed that installing dhcp package fixed the issue.

I can see that the same problem has been addressed in Slackware current today. From Slackware's changelog:

n/NetworkManager- Rebuilt.
Switched back to dhcpcd instead of dhclient as the default DHCP client in
the NetworkManager.conf file. Either one will work, but it's probably
better to use dhcpcd by default to avoid a nasty surprise for people who
didn't install the dhcp package since they aren't running a DHCP server.

I'm happy that the fix made its way into official Slackware, which means easier maintenance for me :)

User comments
roadx 2013-08-02 10:26

Because I have some connection problems with my "Intel Centrino N-2200" wifi card in Slax7.0.9 (I posted that on blog, http://old.slax.org/forum.php?action=view&parentID=86039, but no reply yet), I try to deal with "NetworkManager-" you talking about, but using i486 variant, hopping to get a valid connection to my home wireless network.

I download "NetworkManager-" from Slackware site and converted from txz into sb module (using 2 ways to obtain .sb module: "txz2sb" and extracting .txz content to a directory and then use "dir2sb").

In both cases, after activating the "new" module, network capabilities gone!
No network at all. Not even those have it before activation!

Deactivating back, the network comes again, but the connection problem still exist.

I'm sure something goes wrong, right?!

Tomas M 2013-08-02 20:04

I think most likely you'll need some more packages updated, not just network manager.

z.trapl 2013-08-02 21:56

Stáhnul jsem si také NetworkManager-
Nepoužil jsme však txz2sb ani dir2sb.
NetworkManager- jsem rozbalil v adresáři /mnt/live/memory/changes do složky NetworkManager-
Zde jsem udělal modul příkazem mksquashfs NetworkManager- NetworkManager- -comp xz -b 512k.
Připojení k internetu pomocí Wifi nyní funguje.

Google translate
I downloaded a NetworkManager-
However, we did not use txz2sb or dir2sb.
NetworkManager- I unpacked in the directory /mnt/live/memory/ changes in the folder NetworkManager-
Here I made ​​a module using mksquashfs NetworkManager- NetworkManager- xz-b 512k.
Connecting to the Internet via Wifi now works.

Here is the download: http://uloz.to/xDEvmFU8/networkmanager-0-9-4-0-i486-2-sb

Stefan Szasz 2013-08-16 10:20

Hello Tomas. Thank you for the great job with Slax.
Waiting for the next version with network fixed.

I don't want to be rude... but is there an ETA?

Thank you!

Андрей Иванов 2013-08-20 02:30

I caught up a broken link to gtk+3 on page http://www.slax.org/modules.php?detail=gtksourceview3

Igor 2013-08-22 09:53

A common way to monetize distribution is their development.
Thomas! Close the project and not have us.

Koyote 2013-08-26 16:33


Maybe this is not the best way for to get some help, but a still needing it. I am trying to help a lady that unplugged her computer and damaged to her Windows. At first everything was fine, I was doing a backup of her files thanks to Slax. I got all her .jpg and all her .doc but later Slax stoped working. I made a new USB Slax drive but this one never works again. What I got was this messages:

"In: sbin/fsch.aufs: no such file or directory."
"Fatal error occured - can't find excecutable chroot command."
"/memory/union #"

Can you give me some advice?

Thanks in advance.

parrothead 2013-08-27 20:05

Tomas - If you have a moment, I'm having a problem with the buildscript server. I uploaded a buildscript which was accepted but now it appears to be in an odd state. No longer shows up in the modules list but also cannot be uploaded again, updated or deleted. Details:



Porter Fish 2013-08-30 01:58

I'm exploring using rEFI as a route for creating a universally bootable slax usb. I'm close to it working, I opened a thread on the forum discussing this.


Porter Fish 2013-08-30 02:01

sorry that was supposed to be on the "Boot usb from a mac" post :(

Internet Only 2013-08-30 17:40

Where have disappeared the module 2679-kernel-source-slax.sb for kernel version 3.8.2 ???...

Mark De Silva 2013-09-04 15:42

Slax 7.0.8 - for bootinst.sh to make a usb/ext hdd bootable on linux, it runs fine.

However, when I try to boot the usb/external hdd, extlinux reports:

"Could not find kernel image: linux"

Mark De Silva 2013-09-04 15:44

For consideration - Cinnamon is going to be built _without_ gnome dependancies as a standalone DE. Instead of KDE, Cinnamon might be a nice option/change.

Mark De Silva 2013-09-06 14:56

Also for consideration - Plymouth for the initrd.xz, the-no-kernel-patch-for-bootsplash like all the other major live distros use.

Zip repair 2013-09-16 06:05

Zip repair easily repair corrupt and damaged zip files CRC errors and fix zip files corruption issues


Anon 2013-09-18 09:50

Didn't know where to submit a bug report.

Dragging a file from the archiver (i.e. a file that is in a zip archive) to the desktop places it in root and not on the Desktop, for some reason.

Krizz 2013-10-02 09:09

First off, sorry for posting this on the wrong blog post! But I didn't find anywhere else to ask this question.

How do I modify the ISO file so that Copy to Ram is selected by default and Persistent changes is not?

I've looked through 'syslinux.cfg', but there are so many lines that I have no clue where to start.

Thomas Lindner 2013-10-10 15:14

@ Krizz:
That's easy, replace "slax.flags=perch,xmode" with "slax.flags=toram,xmode" in line 32 (the default section)

Mihai 2013-10-11 01:08

Hi everyone! Does anybody know when can we expect 7.1.0? :)

Igor 2013-10-11 14:03

Through a 3 year. Immediately 8.0. It's a tradition.
Thomas need money. But he does not want them to take.
Users require Slax. But they don't want to do it yourself. This is a conflict of interest.

Marky Sparky 2013-10-11 22:21

Hi There, I've noticed for a while that posix overlay has been dropped, just wondering about the what's and why's of that? Also, are the older (older than 6.1.2) versions of slax available anywhere, like on github or sorceforge or something? Thanks in advance.

jcsoh 2013-10-12 03:30

Older version of slax available at

Marky Sparky 2013-10-14 04:32

Score, thanks jcsoh.

Bruce Zhang 2013-11-05 02:46

the wireless can't work

kwhitefoot 2013-11-14 01:17

Finally got round to trying the latest SLAX. Looks very good and installing modules is very slick.

But it doesn't work with the WIFI in my Acer Aspire 725. So I plugged in an old Philips wifi usb dongle and it immediately found my access points but it seems unable to remember the WPA keys.

Is there a bug tracker or forum where I should report this sort of thing?

Also Firefox seemed unable to play any sound. I tried Libre.fm and the player loaded but no sound came out. I tried messing about with the mixer and sound setup and the test button on the sound setup dialog gave a pleasant noise so it seems that it should work.

I'd like to use SLAX as it seems like a very light and slick distro but the application I have in mind relies on reading from the sound card and connecting via WIFI.

Oscar Ml Mendez Mercado 2013-11-22 15:06

That is passed but no wlan interface stores the network password, could you give me some information about it, every time I go to connect through wlan have to enter the password?

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bednarbi 2014-05-12 17:36

Dear Tomas,
when can we expect version 7.0.9 with repaired connection to network
(since the BETA version will be one year old soon)?

Hammad Zafar 2022-09-27 22:15

Hi, I am using Slax Latest Release. I just downloaded from this website. And now internet is not working. It is connected to internet, but it is not updating any repository and also not pinging anything. I tried to ping default gateway) it worked. Please fix this issue or tell me how I can fix this. Thank you.