Section: Maintenance Commands (8)Updated: 21 February 2000Local indexUp
pppoe-connect - Shell script to manage a PPPoE link
pppoe-connect interface user [config_file]
pppoe-connect is a shell script which manages a PPPoE connection
using the Roaring Penguin user-space PPPoE client. If you omit
config_file, the default file /etc/ppp/pppoe.conf is used.
If you supply interface and user, then they override the
Ethernet interface and user-name settings in the configuration file.
Note that normally, you should not invoke pppoe-connect
directly. Instead, use pppoe-start to bring up the PPPoE connection.
pppoe-connect first reads a configuration file. It then brings
up a PPPoE connection. If the connection ever drops, a message is logged
to syslog, and pppoe-connect re-establishes the connection. In addition,
each time the connection is dropped or cannot be established,
pppoe-connect executes the script /etc/ppp/pppoe-lost if it
exists and is executable.
The shell script pppoe-stop causes pppoe-connect to break out
of its loop, bring the connection down, and exit.
pppoe-connect uses the following shell variables from the
The Ethernet interface connected to the DSL modem (for example, eth0).
A file in which to write the process-ID of the pppoe-connect process
(for example, /var/run/pppoe.pid). Two additional files
($PIDFILE.pppd and $PIDFILE.pppoe) hold the process-ID's of the
pppd and pppoe processes, respectively.
By using different configuration files with different PIDFILE
settings, you can manage multiple PPPoE connections. Just specify the
configuration file as an argument to pppoe-start and