Re: dunc pppd configuration script
Richard G. Roberto writes:
> I also want to address this issue about "standard" options file
> locations. It is impossible to manage multiple ppp options sets in the
> same file unless the option requirements are identicle. ... I
> personally have three different connection requirements and use dunc/dppp
> to manage them.
It should be possible to handle this with a seperate provider file for each
isp (pon would need to be revised, or the user told to type 'pppd call
> I had thought of making a way to manage the system options file
> automatically, but decided that providing a hook to just edit it would be
> enough since the only people needing to manage this file would be
That's fine, but on the vast majority of Linux systems user==sysadmin, and
they need all the help we can give them.
> If the goal is to make setting up ppp as simple as win95, then why all
> the hoopla about per user configuration capability?
If we provide a 'provider' file for each isp, all that needs to go in the
user's .ppprc is the name of her isp. pon or a similar script would then
select the correct isp after reading the .ppprc.
> What dppp does is...
I haven't looked closely at this yet. Sounds interesting.
> ...forcing people into having root permissions to setup their ppp
> connection wouldn't sit well with many sysadmins.
But most people are their own sysadmins. I agree that dialing out should
not require root, but initial configuration of ppp is as much system
administration as is setting up an ethernet connection.
> I don't think I'd want my users accidentally mucking around on their
> system as root -- especially if they're connecting from home! The last
> thing I need to do is start making house calls.
Your users are members of a very small and very lucky minority.
> John's new energy should help move it forward,...
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I still have to scrape together the
cash to fix my hardware, though, before I can become a real maintainer.
> ...but he's still going to need users to use the thing and provide
Definitely. I also need examples of working chat scripts, both for the
major national isp's, and for locals that require really bizarre stuff.
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
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