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Re: Does anyone have PPP working?

In message "Does anyone have PPP working?", mdorman@viper.law.miami.edu writes:

> "Ian Willmott" <willmott@nortel.ca> writes:
> > My installation gets as far as assigning the local and remote IP
> > addresses, and configuring the ppp0 kernel interface, but no further.
> > (Funnily enough, the 'up' flag in the interface is not automatically
> > set, I have to do 'ifconfig ppp0 up'.) The routing table is not updated, 
> > and even when I manually set up the gateway and default routes, I cannot 
> > ping anything on the other end, even though ifconfig shows that some
> > kind of packets are being received -- control info, I imagine.
> > /var/log/messages lists some error having to do with 'SIGIOCADDRT' or
> > something like that.
> If you're willing to test this for me, I'm willing to do some more
> work on it---I once got pppd working, but for various reasons, lost
> the work I had done, and then brought the machine in to work where
> it's hard-wired to the 'net, so ppp was no longer a big issue for me.
> If you're feeling adventurous, and want to poke around the code
> yourself, I can tell you that the problem seems to stem from pppd
> trying to add routes before it's finished doing the ifconfig work on
> the device.  This works for linux/x86, and breaks for linux/alpha.

I'm willing to attack this myself, since you've already identified the
basic problem. I notice that in the Debian unstable release tree,
they're working from version 2.3.1 of the PPP sources. This release
claims to include major changes in the kernel interface. I suggest that
our efforts are better spent getting this to work on Alpha than the
apparently obsolete version 2.2.0f (there is a 2.2.0g tar file on

I will contact the authors of the PPP software and ask if the new
release may possibly address the problem you have described. I will copy 
you and Philip Hands, the Debian package maintainer, on this

Ian Willmott
Northern Telecom
Ottawa Ontario

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