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Re: WvDial

On Wed, 12 Dec 2001, John Melville wrote:

> Hello debian-68k,
>   I`m gonna sound really ignorant and stupid, but I have managed to
>   get wvdial to connect to my isp,

You call that "ignorant"? ;-)

>   however, none of my internet stuff
>   works. I'm thinking the machine needs to be told to use the dialup
>   connection.

Probably not. Linux automagically generates a route table that works for
most network nodes (not for heavy-purpose routers, but that's a different
matter ;-)

>   I got a message in /var/mail/root (?) stating the machine was still
>   trying to send a test mail from 3 days ago

Could you elaborate on that? Especially the part of that message with the
reason why it failed would be very useful.

>   the wvdial faq says to edit wvdial.conf and resolv.conf in /etc/
>   I cant find a file called resolv.conf on the hdd but can find
>   resolver.5.gz buried in the man pages
>   that looks like a help file for the resolv.conf?
>   do I use that to create a resolv.conf?

If there's no /etc/resolv.conf (which is not *that* unlikely, seen that it
differs from machine to machine), then you need to create one. Mine looks
like this:

search dezevensprong.local
search debian.org
order hosts,bind

You can forget about the "search" lines (although they're pretty
interesting if you like to use "www" to reach your ISP's www server), and
of course you'll have to change the IP addresses to your ISP's DNS

wouter dot verhelst at advalvas dot be

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