On boot my ppp connection is reported on the console to have failed
and I'm told that it will retry in the background. "/var/log/messages"
ifup: Failed to activate ppp0, retrying in the background
network: Bringing up interface ppp0 failed
However by the time boot is over the ppp connection has succeeded and
only the one dial out is done. Connecting while the system is not booting
does not produce this false error.
I'm thinking that this is a timing issue. Maybe my old 486 is so busy
at bootup that pppd is not connecting fast enough and something (maybe
ppp-watch) is timing out.
Any ideas ? Maybe there is a way to tell ppp-watch to wait longer ?
(maybe ppp-watch is not the issue at all).
I have solved the problem by modifying the source code of ppp-watch
so that on bootup it times out after 60secs rather than 30secs. The change was
simple, within "ppp-watch.c" replace "alarm(30);" with "alarm(60);"
and then recompile. I found the source code within the initscripts source rpm,
If there was a better way to solve this problem please let me know, thanks.
All the best,
Setting the RETRYTIMEOUT value in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-pppX
should produce the same effect in future releases. Thanks!