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Re: PPP / ADSL / demand / GUI prompt question

stephen2eq@yahoo.com put forth on 12/23/2009 8:37 AM:
> --- On Tue, 11/3/09, stephen2eq@yahoo.com <stephen2eq@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> --- On Sat, 10/31/09, Kevin Ross <Kevin@FamilyRoss.net> wrote:
>>> If you want to have your connection
>>> be established on bootup, the "Debian
>>> way" is to add your PPP connection to your
>>> /etc/network/interfaces file,
>>> like:
>>> auto ppp0
>>> iface ppp0 inet ppp
>>>      provider dsl-provider
>> This worked perfectly - I now fire up iceweasel as soon as
>> I log in, and I see the internet straight away. 
>> Thanks!
> Just to update this old thread a bit: actually this didn't work perfectly, it only worked when I started up Linux when the PC was already switched on beforehand.  When switching the PC on from cold and booting into Linux, it did not work, I think because it was trying to talk to the ADSL modem before the modem was ready.  So following a suggestion on another web page I found, instead of doing the above, I put the following line in my /etc/inittab:
>   s1:23:respawn:/usr/sbin/pppd call <provider>
> This seems to have solved the problem, but there is one minor niggle left: when this line in inittab is being processed, pppd seems to crash out the first few times it is started - I assume for the same reason mentioned above, i.e. the ADSL modem is not yet ready - and this causes an error that it is "respawning too fast" and will be put on hold for 5 minutes (I don't have the exact text of the message).  Somehow though it is managing to get pppd running because when I log in, iceweasel can connect to the internet straight away.
> I can probably work out a way to put in a delay between each respawn to stop this message, but if anyone has a good idea or knows the 'right' way to do this I'd be grateful.
> Thanks in advance.

Why power off your modem?  Just leave it on all the time like most other people
do.  Mine is on 24x7x365 and has been for many many years.  No problems.  DSL
modem power consumption is in the single digit watt range if not down in the
milli watt range, depending on model.  I.e. you won't see any difference on your
electric bill.  For that matter, leaving your PC on all the time probably won't
be noticeable either.


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