I've been using IBM as a dialup provider for years,
but I only use it when I'm on the road. (At home
I use ADSL/ISDN/cable IP.) Today I was trying to
use it (after successfully using it last week) and
found that kppp kept dying right after connecting.
Sometimes this happens when someone else is using
my account. (I let a friend use it sometimes.)
It persisted, though, so I called IBM for help. I
was finally (after long waits) told that no one
else was using it and that the reason I could not
login was that I was using Linux.
The support person told me that they'd changed
their DNS server and that it caused manually-
configured systems to be unable to login. I told
her I don't care about her DNS servers (I use my
own.) and would like to speak with someone who
knows more about PPP. She told me that everyone
else would say the same thing and that all she
could do is send me Linux connection info.
So, I decided to stop using kppp because I was
not able to get any useful diagnostics from it.
(Yes, I had debug/kdebug on.) I made all of the
config files for plain pppd and I was able to
connect without a hitch. (And, no, I'm still
not using IBM's DNS.)
So...what gives? What did IBM do to break kppp
and why won't they just tell us? Their Linux
PPP setup document
was last updated in February, so it doesn't
offer any help.
I like having the command-line PPP dialup
working, but kppp was pretty cool.