I recently purchased RedHat Linux 7 for the purpose of upgrading my RH
6.1 box. I installed the new operating system on a new partition of a new
hard disk. I am accustomed to using vgetty as an answering machine and
using kppp to dial up. I have been unable to use either rp3 or kppp while
vgetty is running, although this never was a problem with RH 6.1 (or 5.2
before that). I _can_ use minicom even when vgetty is running to dial
numbers, but when I run rp3-config debug, the console reads:
WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.41
Modem not responding.
ERROR: Unable to initialize modem
(kppp has a similar although slightly different error)
I worked around this by writing a script to edit vgetty out of inittab,
then run init q, then run kppp, then re-edit inittab to put vgetty back in
after kppp exits, and run init q again. It seems to work...although there
ought to be a better way...and it must be run as root...
Sorry for the long delay in processing this bug report - it slipped through
the cracks somehow.
This issue should definitely be fixed in all current Red Hat mgetty releases -
mgetty now only locks the modem device when it is actually handling a dial-in