wierd ppp/pon bug?
An odd thing happens when I have been connected for many (many) hours,
generally anywhere from 6 to 12 or so. It is not like the standard
bootings (attack dialing takes care of those :). The modem connects, does
some sqweeking, then starts going bee-bee-boooop, high tones to low with
lengths as implied. I always assumed this was a thing my university ISP
did to defend themselves from attack scripts like mine, but one day this
behavior continued for a dozen or so hours and I called the techies there
in search of a way to make reparation. They said they didn't know of
anything spooky on their end, and suggested I reboot. Knowing what I know
of linux, I didn't think much of this suggestion, but I tried it. After
rebooting, the next time I dialed it worked. This has happened twice now.
I suspect a bug somewhere in ppp on the pon script, or possibly in the
kernel. Restarting ppp (and killing the chat process) doesn't fix the
problem though. I noticed the following message when I halted the system:
Send ... TERM signal
lp1 out of paper <---
Send... KILL signal
which I have never observed before. I am reasonably certian there was
nothing in the print Q, but there may have been. I include this only in
case there is something suggestive about it.
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