The ppp-under-2.0 saga.
I've been trying to get ppp working with 2.0 kernels.
(I need to use a 2.0 kernel because I need to do PCMCIA development, and I
can't get the PCMCIA utilities to work with any 2.1-series kernels on the
I had this working a while ago. When I first tried Debian/Alpha, my main OS
on this system was RedHat 4.2. Its pppd worked. The Debian one didn't, so I
copied the RedHat one over and all was well -- I assumed it'd get worked out
so it'd work under Debian too. Since then, I nuked my RedHat install and
reinstalled the whole system with Debian from scratch.
No pppd package I've tried works. So, I grabbed the original, unmodified
ppp-2.3.3 source tree, and it exhibited the same problem. RedHat's pppd is
only up to 2.2.0f, so I thought that might be it. I couldn't compile 2.2.0f
easily with the headers that come with Debian.
So, just a few minutes ago, I grabbed the ppp RPM from RedHat 5.0. I used
rpm2cpio to extract the pppd that comes with it. Doing an ldd, I saw that it
used the same shared library conventions as Debian (eg. libc6.1 instead of
libc6). I tried it.
Same failure mode.
So, I grabbed the ppp RPM from RedHat 4.2. I extracted the pppd. This time,
ldd told me it used libc6 and ld.so.1, which weren't present. I just created
symlinks to the current versions.
It worked. I'm using pppd with a 2.0 kernel now.
Unfortunately, this pppd does not work with 2.1 kernels. It looks to me like
there may be just no easy way to get a pppd that works under both 2.0 and 2.1.
(By the way, the exact failure mode, in *all* the failed cases, was that PPP
would connect, and then drop the connection complaining about routing
So, I'll use my temporary hack when I have to work on PCMCIA stuff. Once the
PCMCIA utilities work under 2.1 kernels, I'll switch to using 2.1 100% of the
time. (That reminds me -- hwclock isn't working under 2.0 either. And yes, I
do have a patched kernel, and the /dev/rtc device is there. The hwclock
utility starts up and hangs forever until I kill it with a control-backslash.
Which I have to do twice every time I boot a 2.0 kernel.)
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