Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 97845
ppp connection establishment fails with error 28 (script interaction problem)
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:37:03 EDT
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Description of problem:
I set up a PPP connection in redhat-network-config, and it did not work from
either redhat-network-config or ifup. I think it shouldn't be hard to fix this
problem, but I may need suggestions from someone who is more familiar with the
philosophy behind the network scripts before I can code up a patch. (Or maybe I
just need to try again with a Red Hat release and see what happens in a working
Note that I'm not at all sure whether this is a redhat-config-network problem or
an initscripts problem.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up a PPP connection in redhat-config-network.
2. Save your settings.
3. Try to activate it.
Actual Results: Failed to activate ppp0 with error 28
Expected Results: A PPP connection should have been established.
"ifup UCI_lifeline" (UCI_lifeline is the name of my PPP config in
redhat-config-network) eventually does this:
and that eventually does this:
exec /sbin/ppp-watch ppp0 ''
and ppp-watch eventually (does something that) spits out the error 28 error message.
If I manually run the following command, I get a successful connection:
If you need any of my config files, just ask and I'll attach them or whatever.
Yeah, this is an issue with how it's reading profiles. Can you attach
Created attachment 92570 [details]
This is my PPP connection.
Created attachment 92571 [details]
Created attachment 92572 [details]
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-lo is a symlink to
I've attached all of /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-* now. (I someitmes
connect this machine to Ethernet networks and sometimes use dialup, thus the
presence of ifcfg-eth0 as well as ifcfg-UCI_lifeline.) If you need any more info
or whatever, just ask.
As of initscripts-7.25-1:
"ifup UCI_lifeline" now ends with this instead:
exec /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-ppp ifcfg-UCI_lifeline
But that still leads to:
exec /sbin/ppp-watch ppp0 ''
And that still fails with error 28.
Created attachment 93253 [details]
patch against initscripts-7.28-1 to attempt to fix this bug
I don't know whether the bug is in ifup-ppp or in ppp-watch. This patch blindly
assumes the former.
This gets me to the point that redhat-config-network will dial up, and appear
to freeze at "Activating network device UCI_lifeline, please wait...". (Is
r-c-n waiting for ppp-watch to exit? I don't know how previous RHL released
worked in this regard, but ppp-watch doesn't exit on its own nowadays.) I'm
going to see what happens when I click "Cancel", but first I want to get this
attachment into Bugzilla.
Ok, clicking "Cancel" changes the message to "Cannot activate network device
UCI_lifeline!" but keeps the dialog box on the screen and keeps the network
Clicking "OK" dismisses the dialog box, but r-c-n still seems to think the PPP
connection isn't active ("Activate" is still clickable, while "Deactivate" is
grayed out). /sbin/ifconfig shows that the PPP connection is clearly up. r-c-n
is still clueless after I quit it and start it up again.
At some point during my last few comments, ppp-watch died but pppd lived on.
[root@i5000e network-scripts]# /sbin/ifdown ppp0
usage: ifdown <device name>
[root@i5000e network-scripts]# /sbin/ifdown UCI_lifeline
[root@i5000e network-scripts]# ifconfig ppp0
ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr:126.96.36.199 P-t-P:188.8.131.52 Mask:255.255.255.255
UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1213 errors:1 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1121 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:1100195 (1.0 Mb) TX bytes:126499 (123.5 Kb)
It looks like nothing short of actually killing pppd is going to terminate my
*** Bug 98781 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
This should be fixed in initscripts-7.32-1; it requires changes to ifup-ppp,
ifdown-ppp, and ppp-watch.