I've installed Ubuntu on an external drive and it don't see my USB dongle. I am a complete novice with things Ubuntu.

After doing some digging I found that step 1 was to run lsusb. But that set of instructions doesn't say what to do it lsusb command is not found.

Can I use my Windows Internet to download files, then boot in Ubuntu and copy and install stuff, or is ntfs a problem. And then what command lines to use. Maybe its to big a problem for a beginner and should find another disk from another magazine.

I tried

sudo apt-get install usbutils

and got back

Reading package lists... done   
Building dependancy tree   
Reading state information... done  
usbutils is already the newest version   
0 upgraded,  0 newly installed,  0 to remove and 0 not upgraded                          

it is still telling me command not found

  • What is output of locate lsusb
    – Ravan
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 15:11
  • Edit your question and add the output of apt-cache policy usbutils
    – A.B.
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


Use Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt-get install usbutils
  • Ubuntu always has lsusb installed. The question means that there is some problem or it is not Ubuntu.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 14:50
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    Its saucy salamanda and i have other problems too, I remember something about corrupted files
    – fernny500
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 15:03
  • Thanks Ravan, A B, and Pilot6 for the input, I havnt solved the problem yet, but your advice has been a good start. I get the feeling that if I can get my hotspot connection working, this issue may be solved more easily
    – fernny500
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 7:16
  • there is also a brew package for osx for this now too: github.com/jlhonora/homebrew-lsusb
    – jsky
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 13:52

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