Re: How to start PPP?
At 05:34 AM 9/17/1998 -0700, you wrote:
>1: the documentation for ppp is in the man pages, which you probably
>have not installed?
Correct; I don't yet have the man pages installed.
>2: the correct way to start ppp is 'pon connect-name' where
>connect-name is the name of the service you gave when you ran pppconfig.
I thought that seemed right. Thanks for verifying it.
>3. I seem to have a similar problem. The mystery became clear when I
>started ppp from an XTerm. I had an xconsole open and all the 'debug'
>messages from pppd were piped into the xconsole by default so I could
>see what was happening. There should be a way to get this to happen
>from a tty console as well. In my case it appears that my serial
>ports sometimes don't get initialized correctly the first time. Under
>debian 1.3.1 starting pon pppd would time out after about a minute,
>then be restarted and would dial out on the modem. Under debian 2.0 I
>have to start pon, then kill the process (pppd), then start pon again
>to get it to work. Using pon, poff, then pon again also works.
Nope; this doesn't work for me.
>4. Are you using the right serial port? /dev/ttyS0 (com1), or
>/dev/ttyS1 (com2)? /dev/modem should be a symlink to one of the
>above. DONT USE /dev/cuaX !!!
Yes, my /etc/ppp/peers/provider references /dev/ttyS1.(I wiped the drive
and reinstalled thinking maybe it was something with the serial support in
the kernel; I get no errors when booting and the system recognizes both
serial ports as 16550, etc. I also took the default of "provider" instead
of "bub" during pppconfig).
I can also "echo ATDT<phonenum> > /dev/ttyS1" and get the modem to dial
(and I can hear the phone in the next room ringing). I can then "echo ATH1
(or ATZ) > /dev/ttyS1" and get the modem to hang up.
The output of plog looks like:
<date-time> <comp. name> chat: abort on (NO CARRIER)
" " " abort on (VOICE)
" " " abort on (NO DIALTONE)
" " " abort on (NO ANSWER)
" " " send (ATZ^M)
" " " expect (OK)
" " " alarm
" " " Failed
" " pppd Connect script failed
" " pppd Exit.
It's almost as if the "echo ATDT...." command at the prompt "sees" the
modem, but the ppp stuff does not see the modem.
>I've figured out that if I just type pon the system tries to use the
>"provider" connection (which doesn't work, presumably because the
>"provider" files aren't properly configured - it gives an error message
>about /dev/modem being an unrecognized option). But if I type pon bub
>(which is what I would have thought would've used the "bub" connection),
>all that happens is the system thinks for a couple of seconds and then
>returns me to a prompt. There's no modem activity or messages or
>Any suggestions as to what I can do different? Thanks!
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