Bug 131556 - system-config-network lacks support for pppoatm
Summary: system-config-network lacks support for pppoatm
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-network
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Harald Hoyer
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Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On: 131555
Blocks: 87718 131554
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Reported: 2004-09-02 09:40 UTC by David Woodhouse
Modified: 2009-07-14 16:57 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 16:57:54 UTC
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Description David Woodhouse 2004-09-02 09:40:15 UTC
We seem to assume PPPoE for xDSL connections. In the UK at least, the
provider tends to give you a USB DSL modem and expect you to use PPP
over ATM. We should make initscripts support that.

Why are we using a userspace pppoe helper rather than the pppd plugin,

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2004-09-02 19:48:54 UTC
Userspace pppoe helper predates pppd plugin, support hasn't been
changed yet. (That may be in bugzilla elsewhere.)

Comment 2 Than Ngo 2004-09-03 11:48:26 UTC
i think this feature which could be added in next fc4.
David, but i see a problem here with the firmware, which we probably
cannot include in our distri.

Comment 3 David Woodhouse 2004-10-07 11:26:57 UTC
In fact it was a trivial change to make rp-pppoe's /sbin/adsl-connect
script handle the pppoatm plugin, as it's already capable of handling
the pppoe plugin anyway. Fixed in rp-pppoe-3.5-20.

Now we need the pretty config tools to let you set it up too -- but
that really is one for FC4.

Comment 4 David Woodhouse 2004-10-07 11:39:02 UTC
Reassigning to system-config-network, which should allow users to
configure PPPoATM xDSL links, and which should be using the pppd
plugin for PPPoE too.

for PPPoE I think it's sufficient just to set LINUX_PLUGIN=rp-pppoe.so
when we set up a new device.

For PPPoATM, we need to set LINUX_PLUGIN=pppoatm.so, and also numeric
arguments VCI and VPI in the config file. These are "Virtual Channel
Identifier", "Virtual Path Identifier" resp.

Since VCI/VPI are a per-ISP thing, it would be nice to have a list of
known settings, and also to let the user enter them manually if their
ISP isn't known. In fact we could even choose between PPPoE and PPPoA
that way. For data see
and you can add "UK, Andrews and Arnold" with VPI 0, VCI 38.

Comment 5 Nicola Soranzo 2005-01-11 18:15:37 UTC
A good howto for this:

Comment 6 David Woodhouse 2005-01-11 19:08:48 UTC
That advocates setting up the pppd peer file manually and invoking
pppd manually -- I fixed the rp-pppoe scripts so that it ought to work
through the initscripts properly -- see the last part of
ftp://ftp.infradead.org/pub/dsl/README (the first part isn't needed
any more now that the kernel driver is merged anyway).

Comment 7 David Woodhouse 2005-01-19 10:57:30 UTC
Support for PPPoE over ATM instead of over a physical Ethernet device is also
now included in FC4. We still lack system-config-network support. The existing
'Ethernet device' selection needs to be changed to allow _either_ Ethernet
devices, or 'ATM/DSL modem'. In the case where a DSL modem is selected, the user
should enter the VCI and VPI and the protocol (PPPoA/PPPoE) which is generally
in the welcome pack received from the ISP. Those end up in the ifcfg-xxx config
file as 


For PPPoA we add LINUX_PLUGIN=pppoatm.so
For PPPoE we add LINUX_PLUGIN=rp-pppoe.so and BR2684DEV=0

That's enough for supporting a single DSL modem per system -- we _could_ perhaps
go a bit further and poke in /proc/net/atm/devices and find a way of adding the
device MAC to the VCI/VPI information to allow multiple modems, but I don't
think that's necessary for FC4.

Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 15:38:20 UTC
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
against rawhide during the development of a Fedora release that is no
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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2008-05-07 00:00:26 UTC
This bug has been in NEEDINFO for more than 30 days since feedback was
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Comment 10 David Woodhouse 2008-05-07 08:44:02 UTC
It's still missing in system-config-network.

Comment 11 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 01:56:48 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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Comment 14 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 16:57:54 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further 
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