Please read this through your Newbe Glasses.
I run Caldera eDesktop2.4 on a laptop with a Linux compatible PCMCIA modem
The version of KDE that came with the distro worked great. including the
I recently installed KDE2.1 from RPM and found the dialer would only work
if I were logged in as root.
Logged in as a user, the symptom origenaly was "can't connect to modem" no
matter what device setting I used (modem, cua1 or ttyS1). After a lot of
prodding and poking I noticed that /dev/ttyS1 rights were set so that only
root and some odd group named uucp could r/w to it. Once I fixed that,
lowly users could dial out via Kppp.
Then, once connection and hadshake was successful. pppd fails with a code
16. I looked it up and no joy there.
Remember, Kppp works great if I login as root.
I then went to /opt/kde2/bin/ and set the rights (attributes?) of
everything that contained ppp in the name so the users group could rwx. No
joy. Then I set the suid bit on in pppd. Still no worky.
I have given up and added a menu icon for the old Ksaferppp program. Works
fine. (using it now)
I would really like to get the Kppp dialer working without creating a
security hole (like "run as root"). Can anyone help? Please?
For extra bonus points can anyone tell me what the hell the user group uucp
is and why it is so pervasive?
Don't believe everything you think.