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Old 02-06-2004, 04:35 PM   #1
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ADSL Connection as user, not root

I've recently installed Mandrake 9.2, and am a complete and utter novice at linux. So please, be gentle

I have managed to get connected to the internet with my Alcatel Speedtouch 330 modem, using the speedtouchconf tool. However, I can only connect when logged in as root (which I understand to be a bad thing). When I try to connect as a normal user, I am told that I don't have the privileges to run Mount.

I am connecting by typing "/etc/rc.d/init.d/speedtouch start". Is there another way to connect, that doesn't involve typing this, and can I do it as a non-root user?

Thanks for your help
Old 02-07-2004, 06:22 AM   #2
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What you could do is this (suppose you use a graphical interface):

Log in as user
Open a terminal
Type "su root"
Enter the root password
Enter the command to start the ADSL connection
Type exit


Old 02-07-2004, 11:29 AM   #3
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What I did was add the DSL to a startup script, so it would automatically connect. It looks like you're halfway there as it is, since your DSL script is in /etc/rcd.d/init.d (startup stuff)
I'm not sure how Mandrake handles startup processes though. Some distros require a shortcut to a script placed in rc.* directory. Others require the command to be placed in a startup this case the command would be "speedtouch start".
When I had DSL it was roaring penguin pppoe on Slackware, and I added "adsl-start" to the startup script (sorry I can't remember the exact location of this script now)


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