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I'm aware there's already been a question and answer regarding Nvidia drivers, but my case is a little different. My wireless adapter's driver is proprietary, and for a minimal install, I need a command to install it. A general command for any other restricted driver that I may come across in the future would also be extremely helpful.

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Do the instruction in the other answer work for you? (--list in particular) – Stefano Palazzo Feb 19 '11 at 1:28
No, I didn't try it since I've only one system. Is jockey-text pre-installed in Ubuntu installs? – Oxwivi Feb 19 '11 at 5:56
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You can run jockey-text, which is the command line equivalent of the "Additional Drivers" GUI tool.

jockey-text -h will show you the options available.

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Do I need to install anything to use it? And is it necessary to have jockey* installed for restricted drivers? – Oxwivi Feb 19 '11 at 19:49
It's installed by default, and unless you plan to manually hunt down individual drivers then you need it installed to fetch the right ones. – Jorge Castro Feb 19 '11 at 23:04
Thou art mistaken, for executing the above code asketh me to installeth jockey-common. – Oxwivi Feb 21 '11 at 18:01
what code? Did it ask you to install jockey-common after you ran jockey-text for the first time? – Jorge Castro Feb 21 '11 at 18:05
Anyway, it'd be great if I could simply locate and download only the necessary driver package for my model since jockey seems to be an one-time use application. – Oxwivi Feb 21 '11 at 18:10
jockey-text -l

shows what drivers are available

jockey-text -e <type:name>

enables a driver. Only last -e seems to be used. eg.

jockey-text -e kmod:wl

It goes quiet for a long time during which it fetches and installs the driver. You can use

jockey-text -l

again to check that your driver is now enabled.

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