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Old 09-16-2003, 07:11 AM   #1
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wvdial not working in debian

I've trying configuring my dial up connection several times now with no luck. I was using debian, and was online with wvdial, everything was going fine until I updated my kernel to 2.4, now no matter which kernel i boot to wvdial does not work. I've also tried "pppconfig" with no luck, the error message wvdial gives is this:

Looks like a password prompt.-->
Sending: (password)
PPP mode.
Async interface address is unnumbered (Loopback0)
Your IP address is MTU is 1500 bytes
Looks like a welcome message.-->
Starting pppd at Fri Sep 5 23:26:58 2003-->
pid of pppd: 378
Disconnecting at Fri Sep 5 23:26:59 2003-->
The PPP daemon has died: pppd options error (exit code = 2)-->
man pppd explains pppd error codes in more detail.-->
I guess that's it for now, exiting-->
The PPP daemon has died. (exit code = 2)

I've also tried upgrading the pppd damon. The man page says "two mutually exclusive options may have been used" or something like that but i'm not sure what they are referring to, I reinstalled pppd and wvdial and redid all the configuration files.
"Async interface address is unnumbered (Loopback0)
Your IP address is MTU is 1500 bytes

IS the only thing that worried me but when I checked on the internet that seemed "normal".
Old 09-17-2003, 09:16 AM   #2
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Since you problems started when you compiled a new kernel, I suspect there is something wrong with it. I would suggest that you put it aside, and concentrate on getting wvdial to work as it did before. Then, you can work on the new kernel.
I know that you have said that you went through pppconfig, and wvdial again, but you did not say which kernel you were using. If you have not done so, you might try the following:

Boot into your old (did work with wvdial) kernel, and go through the pppconfig setup one more time. Try <dpkg-reconfigure wvdial> and enter the information for that. Try to connect.

Assuming it still fails, look in /etc/wvdial and make sure the information is correct. There may be a file called /var/log/ppp.log that may provide some hint.
Look in /etc/ppp/ppp.conf ( I am very much guessing about the location of this file, and if it even exists). If you do have such a file, I believe it will contain the options that seem to be causing the problem, and you might post the contents. You will not want to post any user name, password, phone number, of course.
Old 09-17-2003, 11:36 AM   #3
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Just curious: why are you using wvdial anyway?

I don't know what wvdial is, but my guess is that: if you don't have a good reason for using it -- don't. You should probably try removing (apt-get remove --purge) any wvdial packages on your system (dpkg -l | grep wvd) and then run pppconfig again.

On my system, I didn't install any of the ppp stuff at first. Then after the initial install, I think I installed pppconfig, then ran it. Now, whenever I want to dialup, I just run `pon' as root. `poff' to hang up. Done and done.


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