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earthlink DSL on debian

To me it took some time to straight thing out:

  *  compile kernel(mine is 2.4.17) with 
  *  module aliases
      alias char-major-108    ppp_generic
      alias /dev/ppp          ppp_generic
      alias tty-ldisc-3       ppp_async
      alias tty-ldisc-14      ppp_synctty
      alias tty-ldisc-13      n_hdlc
  *  bring up eth0 without any IP settings (very important)
  *  /etc/ppp/pppoe.conf: (after adsl-setup)
     CLAMPMSS=no                 ## helps the speed if you hook your
                                 ## machine directly to your modem
     FORCEPING="."               ## the key during the initialization
     USER="user@earthlink.net"   ## your whole email address
     SYNCHRONOUS=yes             ## works for me 
  *  pppoeconf did not work for me.  dont waste your time.  
     "pppoe" package is all you need
  *  setup /etc/rc2.d/S14ppp to bring the link up when boot:
      ifconfig eth0 up 

Now I'm having stable 110kB/s download speed for kernel source,  very
happy with that :)


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