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Old 01-19-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
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Question SME (eSmith) Server - Modem Problems (setserial)


I currently use SME Server 5.5, with an Actiontec 56k Internal Hardware modem. I used Actiontec's guide to use setserial to setup my modem with little trouble and has been working fine for a long time.

Now I am looking to upgrade to 5.6 or even the beta 6, but there seems to be a problem with newer distros and the setserial command. For some reason I cannot use setserial on any of the ttyS* ports without getting a "port/device currently in use" or some similar error. From memory I had the same issue with MDK9 or Slack9, I cant remember which, but the exact same thing happened.

The modem is automatically detected at /dev/ttyS4. The SME setup only allows selection up to /dev/ttyS3, and changing the link to /dev/modem doesnt help. I can give it manual commands on ttyS4, and it dials, but the SME dialing software wont use it, so it must use the ttyS* port directly instead of /dev/modem.

Now there is no /etc/serial.conf file to edit, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to free the serial ports so I can edit them using setserial?

Is there a kernal option now that freezes serial data to Autodetect only? or are there new lockfiles or something?

I know using an external modem will solve all my problems, but I dont currently own one, and wont be able to get one for some time.

The only thing I didnt try now I think of it is using ttyS3 as a link to ttyS4, but I am not sure if that would work.

Any help is appreciated.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 09:24 PM   #2
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Anyone?
 
Old 02-25-2004, 08:23 AM   #3
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Your best bet is to go on over to www.contribs.org and ask the same question on their forum.
 
Old 02-25-2004, 05:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, but I have already fixed it.

Funny how I get a reply from Computing.Net within hours, when they are only a generic help forum, but I cant get the slightest reply for over a month from a dedicated Linux help site. Irony at its best I guess.
 
  


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