Re: PPP Dial up tool

On Fri, 2004-01-02 at 16:08, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 02, 2004 at 03:23:22PM +0000, Ross Burton wrote:
> > gnome-system-tools has a tool to configure network configurations, and
> > PPP is one of the available types.  Use that to configure the account
> > (g-s-t will be in GNOME 2.6 hopefully) and then use the Modem Lights
> > applet to activate the connection.
> g-s-t seems to be hardcoded to configure wvdial based scripts, which is 
> mildly unfortunate - /etc/wvdial.conf is generally only readable by 
> root, and wvdial isn't usually shipped suid (at least not by Debian) so 
> it doesn't work if you try to connect as a user. g-s-t also has some 
> strange idea that different providers correspond to different ppp? 
> interfaces, and so gets upset when it connects to "ppp1" and ppp0 comes 
> up. But anyway.

I must be going mad, I swear I used g-s-t to look at my PPP
configuration in the past.

You're right, on Debian it still demands wvdial, which is not good.  The
Debian backend for the networking tools should use the /etc/ppp/*
configuration files.

> Modem Lights is bad crack. What we really want is something that is able
> to use the g-s-t configuration stuff and just does "connect",
> "disconnect" and reports the current status. I've got code that does the
> latter, but not the former - working out a sensible way of dealing with
> the former that will let me work as a user as well would be helpful.

Agree, it would be great if modem lights used the same backend code as
g-s-t to list the available connections, and allowed you to pick what
PPP connection to dial when you press the button.

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