Bug 91103 - ppp-watch fails, cannot update hcfpcimodem, trouble with i18n
ppp-watch fails, cannot update hcfpcimodem, trouble with i18n
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2003-05-18 10:57 EDT by Cyrille Bollu
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:36 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-09-03 20:14:27 EDT
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Description Cyrille Bollu 2003-05-18 10:57:37 EDT
Description of problem:

from today on, /sbin/ifup cannot connect my computer to the internet anymore. I 
have a conexant HCF modem and I'm using initscripts-7.14-1.
Usually when I have this kind of problem I re-install the hcfpcimodem drivers 
but now I even cannot re-install them anymore (That's why I think it has 
something to do with i18n. see later). Now, I have to use W98/IE5.0 to be able 
to connect to the internet.

The story begans like this:
I issued the command "/sbin/ifup ppp0", but it echo "Failed to activate ppp0 
with error 7". After investigation, I could find that this message is thrown 
from ppp-watch.

As usual when I have this kind of problem with my modem, I tried to re-install 
the hcfpcimodem drivers but this time it simply hangs while executing a gawk 

Why I think it's related to i18n?  It's because I updated the 
file /etc/sysconfig/i18n last days trying to solve some problems with french 
characters at boot-time... And because of the gawk problem above.

At last, I restored the original i18n file but it did'nt do the trick.

Could you help me?

PS: By the way, I succeded with the french characters at boot-time problem by 
using locales fr_FR.utf8 and font lat9w (something like that). But I still got 
a problem with a directory called "Stéphanie" on my shared FAT32 partition. 
Could you do something for that also?

Waiting to read from you,


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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
(here's what I did to encounter the problem as I remember)
1. update your i18n files with locale "fr_FR.utf8" and font lat9w.
2. restart your computer/shutdon your computer/restart your computer.
3. change some settings in your modem settings.
4. restart your computer.
5. /sbin/ifup ppp0
Actual results:
"Failed to activate ppp0 with error 7"

Expected results:
connect to the internet.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-05-18 21:21:27 EDT
Does it behave any better if you use 'fr_FR.UTF-8'? It shouldn't, but...

Error 7 does mean that it can't open the serial port, which usually does
indicate a driver problem.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-09-03 20:14:27 EDT
You might try reinstalling the hcimodem drivers with no locale set, run:

export LANG=C

before installing.

Aside from that, the 'Error 7' does imply a driver problem; that really can't be
solved in initscripts.

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