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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0008069Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2023-05-31 14:56
ReporterOttertj3 Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionopen 
Product Version2022.3 
Summary0008069: Not able to install Alfa RTL88XXau USB Wifi Driver

Hello when i will enter the command Make it will throw some error's .

  • There are two 'uname -r' directoies in /lib/models
  • The /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64 does not have the build directory
  • modifying the Makefile to compensate for this, allows it to run
  • However 'sudo makefile install' fails with that modified Makefile
  • reverting to the original Makefile looks ok, the module gets placed in the /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64 directory.
  • However it does not seem to load the wireless adapter does not get activated

general issue seems here the two different instances: /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64

Steps To Reproduce

device is ┌──(user㉿curses)-[~]
Bus 002 Device 010: ID 0bda:0811 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Realtek 8812AU/8821AU 802.11ac WLAN Adapter [USB Wireless Dual-Band Adapter 2.4/5Ghz]

└─$ sudo apt install realtek-rtlxx88au-dkms
[sudo] password for user:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package realtek-rtlxx88au-dkms

└─$ sudo apt install dkms
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

source is :
└─$ git clone

└─$ make
make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64/build M=/home/user/tmp/rtl8812au modules
make[1]: /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
[Makefile:2258: modules] Error 2

└─$ ls /lib/modules/5.18.0-kali5-amd64
kernel modules.builtin modules.builtin.modinfo modules.devname modules.symbols
modules.alias modules.builtin.alias.bin modules.dep modules.order modules.symbols.bin
modules.alias.bin modules.builtin.bin modules.dep.bin modules.softdep

└─$ ls /lib/modules/6.0.0-kali3-amd64
build modules.builtin.alias.bin modules.dep.bin modules.symbols updates
modules.alias modules.builtin.bin modules.devname modules.symbols.bin
modules.alias.bin modules.dep modules.softdep source

Additional Information

Machine is build from install image

$ hostnamectl
Static hostname: curses
Icon name: computer-laptop
Chassis: laptop �
Machine ID: 109cbb1305fe486d906173c6d32acfe7
Boot ID: ea1670c546854531965debf31a11b937
Operating System: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
Kernel: Linux 5.18.0-kali5-amd64
Architecture: x86-64
Hardware Vendor: TOSHIBA
Hardware Model: SATELLITE C70-A
Firmware Version: 1.60


related to 0008045 closed Not Able to install TL-WN722N Drivers 
has duplicate 0008075 closeddaniruiz Not Able to install TL-WN722N Drivers 




2022-11-26 13:46

reporter   ~0017094

For clarity as I did not find a way to edit my report:
the two directories are:

where the 5.18 does not have the build directory and the 6.0 does.



2022-11-30 05:23

reporter   ~0017107

FYI the package name is realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms



2022-11-30 07:39

reporter   ~0017109

That is a correct documented observation, however installing that does not load the module properly to activate the wifi adapter. Tried that first before I went out to build the module.

Additionally it is my expectation that this mixture of these module build and kernel directories will impact all people trying to build / compile.
It came after doing a fresh install using 222.3 and doing apt update, apt ugrade before the dkms as found n different explanations.



2022-11-30 07:41

reporter   ~0017110

Using the dkms on a usb lve with persstence also does not work
As a temporary solution using the lve usb with persstence and building the mode does activate it and makes it usable



2023-05-31 14:56

administrator   ~0018070

This report has been filed against an old version of Kali. We will be closing this ticket due to inactivity.

Please could you see if you are able to replicate this issue with the latest version of Kali Linux (

If you are still facing the same problem, feel free to re-open the ticket. If you choose to do this, could you provide more information to the issue you are facing, and also give information about your setup?
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Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2022-11-26 13:42 Ottertj3 New Issue
2022-11-26 13:42 Ottertj3 Issue generated from: 0008045
2022-11-26 13:42 Ottertj3 Relationship added related to 0008045
2022-11-26 13:46 Ottertj3 Note Added: 0017094
2022-11-30 05:23 X0RW3LL Note Added: 0017107
2022-11-30 07:39 Ottertj3 Note Added: 0017109
2022-11-30 07:41 Ottertj3 Note Added: 0017110
2022-11-30 18:34 mohan Relationship added related to 0008075
2022-12-04 19:40 daniruiz Relationship replaced has duplicate 0008075
2023-05-31 14:56 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0018070
2023-05-31 14:56 g0tmi1k Status new => closed