[Techtalk] pon dsl-provider deprecated at boot up time

Anne Wainwright anotheranne at fables.co.za
Mon Jun 23 21:29:00 UTC 2008

Thank you, Wim.

Still no luck, but ... 

Now although I had upgraded pppoeconf I had neglected to
upgrade pppoe itself - which I have done and got a new dsl-provider
file into the bargain. I then ran the new pppoeconf and have it all
working again <wipes perspiration from brow>.

I need a new readme as the old one is dated Sep 16 2003 and does not
have the wording that you quote. I am not sure how to update this on its
own. Unless you have a bright idea for me I'll look at this tomorrow.

Maybe with the new files it will work just as you say, but I'd like to
be able to read the full updated readme.


On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 22:11:28 +0200
Wim wrote:

|> On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 6:40 PM, Anne Wainwright
|> <anotheranne at fables.co.za> wrote:
|> > Can anyone please enlighten me on how to get an automatic
|connection > > with my adsl line please. I have rtfm and it is pretty
|dense, Ill end up > > modding files all over and wrecking it even more.
|Some help needed > > please.
|> On Debian in /usr/share/doc/pppoe/ (on my system) it explains in
|short > in a readme:
|> " a) If you want your connection to come up automatically (either for
|an >  always-on connection or if you are using demand-dialing), add the
|following >  to /etc/network/interfaces:
|>    auto myisp
|>    iface myisp inet ppp
|>            provider dsl-provider
|> "
|> "myisp" is the interface name, you can choose anything you want for
|> that. dsl-provider should have the same name as the file in
|> /etc/ppp/peers/. pppoeconf will probably have asked you for a name
|> here... You can try if it works by doing "ifup myisp" (with the
|> connection currently down). Of course if you enable this you'll have
|> to disable the connection starting at boot, as it'll likely cause
|> something to error out at the least. All this does really is tell the
|> networking script to call "pon dsl-provider" when you do an ifup (or
|> because ot auto myisp, when you boot up) and poff when you do ifdown.
|> I suppose they're deprecating the old way so all the network
|> interfaces are configured in one central place, in a common format.
|> Wim
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