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Bug 7865

Summary: ppp-watch too intrusive.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Neil Darlow <neil>
Component: initscriptsAssignee: Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin>
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Version: 6.1   
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Description Neil Darlow 1999-12-17 10:02:10 UTC
The use of ppp-watch in ifup-ppp overrides expected use of "ifup ppp?".

Most annoyingly, it results in a persistent connection which most casual
ppp users don't want. They either want manual control or on-demand.

Additionally, ppp-watch is exec'd which results in ifup not returning
and being listed as <defunct> in the process table until it is killed by
a subsequent "ifdown ppp?".

Would it not be better to only invoke ppp-watch if PERSIST=yes is present
in ifcfg-ppp? and likewise make the same check in ifdown-ppp before
killing ppp-watch?

I also believe that ppp-watch should be started normally and followed by
an exit to permit ifup to return as it does when used for other interfaces.

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2000-03-20 16:22:59 UTC
ppp-watch is intended to support a non-persistent connection
that reconnects on errors; it isn't supposed to be regular
'persistent' connections. The version that shipped with 6.1
did have some bugs in it that could cause odd behavior; you
should probably upgrade to the errata.