Bug 10230 - ppp-watch broken
Summary: ppp-watch broken
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts   
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Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 2000-03-19 00:01 UTC by Mikhail Zabaluev
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-03-20 16:04:12 UTC
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Here's that PPP patch (2.10 KB, patch)
2000-03-19 00:03 UTC, Mikhail Zabaluev
no flags Details | Diff

Description Mikhail Zabaluev 2000-03-19 00:01:01 UTC
The ppp-watch code in initscripts 4.72 has serious flaws that disable
normal usage of /sbin/ifup and /sbin/ifdown for PPP connections.
I'm using Mandrake and their packages, but it seems like the
problem is on your behalf.
First, it erroneously expects a return status from socket() to be non-zero
for success (actually it have to be non-negative)
when it checks whether an interface is up; this error stops ifup from a
successful return even when a connection is successfully established.
Second, closing the standard descriptors and executing a shell script
afterwards is a bad idea, since that shell runs into problems, for example,
when doing a pipe. You may consider to use /dev/null instead.

I have made a patch that solves both issues, and additionally removes
'--remotename' option from parameters that wvdial is issued with
by ifup-ppp script - the version of wvdial on my system doesn't recognize
it, and it can be placed in /etc/wvdial.conf instead.
Email me if you wanna take a look at the patch.

Comment 1 Mikhail Zabaluev 2000-03-19 00:03:59 UTC
Created attachment 157 [details]
Here's that PPP patch

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2000-03-20 15:45:59 UTC
The return code of socket() has been fixed as of
the current rawhide release.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2000-03-20 16:04:59 UTC
ppp-watch is changed to open /dev/null as of initscripts-5.02.

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