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Re: Internet Access With Debian

On Fri, 2 Jan 1998, Carl Nasal wrote:

> My current problem:  I want to install a package so I can connect to the
> 'Net (so I can download the packages right on to the Linux machine).

You don't need to install any package, as the minimum you need to
get PPP up is provided with the boot disks is provided.

> tried DialD, but (1) I don't want it to be dial-on-deman--I just want to
> type something and have it connect, and (2) after following the
> directions and typing "diald up" [I hope that what I'm SUPPOSED to
> type], it dialed to my ISP and connected by when I went to dSelect to
> download files from FTP, it acted like I had no connection to the
> Internet.  I can imagine this could be for many reasons, all of which
> would be my fault.  ;)

When you do the install, make sure you have installed the modules
for serial, and ppp.  Then edit /etc/ppp.chatscript.  The hard
part is knowing your login name.  For instance, my login at
concentric.net is blunier@ppp.  At a different ISP is was
pblunier.  Check with your ISP, or dig through your windows
configuration.   Then use /usr/bin/pon for dialing up (and poff
for disconecting).

> Basic Question:  How can I get Internet Access on my new Debian Linux
> machine so I can download packages via FTP right to my Linux machine?

After you get connected, use dselect.  Select ftp from option 1, and
select ftp.  The defaults will guide to to a usable selection.

> I'd like to thank you in advance for your time!  Please forgive me for
> asking such a trivial question, but I've been up all night literally
> [half of it trying to see how to use my 3.5" floppy disk drive--found
> that out--and the other half trying to find out how to get Internet
> access].

This should proably be part of a getting started with Debian howto.
(It might be, but I haven't checked)


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