Re: pppoe on two different laptops
On 9 Nov 2004, Alexandru Cabuz wrote:
> Until recently I was using Debian testing on an HP Omnibook XE3. Now I am on a
> Dell D600. One annoying problem is that pppoe does not work anymore.
> I am using exactly the same /etc/network/interfaces
> and /etc/ppp/peers/dsl-provider files. I'll copy them below.
> What is strange is that the connection seems to get established, meaning I
> do /etc/init.d/networking force-reload and then ifconfig says ppp0 is
> configured, and I can see the IP address and the packets are getting
> through... even my firewall is taking hits. But when I start kmail or
> mozilla, they do not seem to be able to connect to the network. Mozilla just
> tries to connect for a couple of minutes and then gives up. Same with
> What would prevent mozilla and kmail from seeing the connection even though
> ifconfig, says everything is cool?
Packet size issues - PPPoE connections are infamous for silently
discarding oversized packets with no notification and, thus, breaking
This discusses the problem and solutions under Linux:
This is usually visible as small packets working, but large packets
failing. So, you see connection and can ping things, but your web
request gets a tiny way and then stalls on large packets. :/
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