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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       pon, poff, plog - starts up, shuts down or lists the log of PPP connections

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       pon [ isp-name [ options ] ]
       poff [ -r ] [ -d ] [ -c ] [ -a ] [ -h ] [ isp-name ]
       plog [ arguments ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       This manual page describes the pon, plog and poff scripts, which  allow
       users to control PPP connections.

       pon,  invoked without arguments, runs the /etc/ppp/ppp_on_boot file, if
       it exists and is  executable.  Otherwise,  a  PPP  connection  will  be
       started	using configuration from /etc/ppp/peers/provider.  This is the
       default behaviour unless an isp-name argument is given.

       For instance, to use ISP configuration "myisp" run:

	      pon myisp

       pon will then use the options file /etc/ppp/peers/myisp.  You can  pass
       additional  options  after  the	ISP name, too.	pon can be used to run
       multiple, simultaneous PPP connections.

       poff closes a PPP connection. If more than one PPP  connection  exists,
       the one named in the argument to poff will be killed, e.g.

	      poff myprovider2

       will terminate the connection to myprovider2, and leave the PPP connections
 to e.g. "myprovider1" or "myprovider3" up and running.

       poff takes the following command line options:

	      -r     causes the connection to be redialed after it is dropped.

	      -d     toggles the state of pppd's debug option.

	      -c     causes pppd(8) to renegotiate compression.

	      -a     stops  all  running ppp connections. If the argument isp-
		     name is given it will be ignored.

	      -h     displays help information.

	      -v     prints the version and exits.

	      If no argument is given, poff will stop or signal  pppd  if  and
	      only  if	there is exactly one running. If more than one connection
 is active, it will exit with an error code of 1.

       plog shows you the last few lines of  /var/log/ppp.log.	If  that  file
       doesn't	exist, it shows you the last few lines of your /var/log/syslog
       file, but excluding the lines not generated by pppd.  This script makes
       use  of the tail(1) command, so arguments that can be passed to tail(1)
       can also be passed to plog.

       Note: the plog script can only be used by root or another system administrator
  in  group  "adm",  due to security reasons. Also, to have all
       pppd-generated information in one logfile, that plog can show, you need
       the following line in your /etc/syslog.conf file:

       local2.*       -/var/log/ppp.log

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

	      PPPd system options file.

	      System PAP passwords file.

	      System CHAP passwords file.

	      Directory  holding  the  peer options files. The default file is
	      called provider.

	      The     chat     script	  invoked     from     the     default

	      The default PPP log file.

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

       The p-commands were written by Christoph Lameter <clameter@debian.org>.
       Updated and revised by Philip Hands <phil@hands.com>.
       This manual was written by Othmar Pasteka <othmar@tron.at>. Modified by
       Rob  Levin <lilo@openprojects.net>, with some extensions taken from the
       old p-commands manual written by John Hasler <jhasler@debian.org>.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       pppd(8), chat(8), tail(1).

Debian Project			   July 2000				PON(1)
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