Re: Finding existing PPP connection?

You can and it works just like any other modem except I dial #777 (Or
whatever the vendor wants you to dial) and use a generic username with
no password.  The Chatscript is provided by the phone vendors (Or at
least Sierra Wireless provided one for my card).  I think some
providers require a PIN but I am not sure how that is handled.

gprsec ( is the tool I currently use for
my Cingular (GSM card) and I just use pppon for my on-call Verizon
(EVDO Card).


On 12/14/06, Dan Williams <dcbw redhat com> wrote:
On Thu, 2006-12-14 at 11:03 -0500, Jason C. Greb wrote:
> What about looking to see if ppp0 is an active connection? I have a
> program called conky that I run on the desktop, and it polls ppp0. When
> it gets an IP address, it displays it along with transfer statistics. I
> have the same problem as Matej, because I can't make VPN connections
> because NM doesn't know it's connected.

Yeah, I know that's a problem.  But I'd like to do this the "right" way,
even if it takes a few more weeks or such.  Which means doing the hard
integration work and making it "Just Work" rather than trying to
shoehorn in stuff to accommodate the 10 different ways Linux distros
currently do PPP stuff.

Quick question though; for those of you doing PPP over GPRS/EDGE or EVDO
cards, can you use wvdial?  What does your connection process look like
and how did you set up the card/connection?


> Jason
> On Thu, 2006-12-14 at 10:23 -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
> > On Wed, 2006-12-13 at 16:06 +0000, Matej Cepl wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I know there are some attempts to make PPP working with NM, but I have
> > > slightly more simple answer. Is it possible to *discover* existing PPP
> > > connection with NM created by other means (i.e., running wvdial in su-ued
> > > gnome-terminal)? I have incredibly crappy connection (or bad support for
> > > PCMCIA GPRS card in Linux, I don't know), so it takes me three or four or
> > > more attempts to get connection, but then it would be nice if NM could
> > > find out that the connection happened and inform other programs (Epiphany,
> > > Evolution, etc.) about being connected, and if NM would be able to
> > > establish VPN connection over that. Is it possible, or I am just dreaming
> > > RFE?
> >
> > Probably dreaming for an RFE, sorry :)  There's no really good way I can
> > think of to detect an already running PPP instance since the pieces just
> > aren't there to do it well.  Hence the work to make PPP more
> > integrated...
> >
> > Dan
> >
> >
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