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Old 01-12-2005, 04:16 PM   #1
Tom Bozack
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Mandrake 10.1 pppd Problems

I'm trying to get ppp demand dialing to work under LM 10.1, but have run into some nasty problems:

First problem - when I supply the 'demand' options to pppd, the daemon experience a quick and painless death as soon as it starts. This is what the /var/log/messages file says about it:

Dec 4 12:09:36 xxx pppd[7740]: pppd 2.4.2 started by root, uid 0
Dec 4 12:09:36 xxx pppd[7740]: Using interface ppp0
Dec 4 12:09:37 xxx pppd[7740]: Exit.

Not much help.

Now for the interesting part. I copied the pppd executable from my old 9.1 installation, and it works - same options and everything. Is the 10.1 pppd broken, or is there fundamental difference in the way demand dialing is started with the 10.1 version of pppd? I couldn't find any significant difference in the man pages.

Second problem - I'd be home free if I could just use the 9.1 pppd executable - but there's a major gotchya. When either the 9.1 or 10.1 pppd daemon is running and I try to logout of KDE the system froze. The only way out is to hit the restart button. The system log files have nothing in them to indicate what the problem might be. I don't have a clue about how to track this one down.

in both cases it doesn't make any difference how pppd was started. I tried ifup, direct execution of pppd with command line options, and through kppp. I also tried changing a lot of options with no affect.

Incidentally, I reinstalled the OS and got the same result.

Old 06-10-2005, 05:52 AM   #2
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It might be a little late for this reply, but here goes in case it might help someone.
I removed the ppp package with the --nodeps option and installed ppp from the 10.0 distribution. I haven't tried starting and shutting down KDE, but IceWM starts and shuts down with no problem.
I too could not get 10.1 to keep pppd running with the dial on demand feature until I did this.
Old 06-10-2005, 12:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I had given up on hearing from anyone on this. I thought maybe I was the only one with this problem.

I'd like to try the 10.0 ppp package, but I don't have access to a 10.0 distro. It this point I've pretty much given up on 10.1 and haven't decided what to do next. Maybe I'll try SUSE, or something. The Mac is looking pretty good at this point, also.



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