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Don't Let the Man Keep You Down: Grab the Power of DSL for Linux
Post-install of your service, you will most likely find that the technician has replaced your singular RJ-11 jack with a dual plug, one for RJ-11 POTS and one for ADSL. It is important to mark which is which in case the technician didn't already do so.
Depending on what distribution of Linux you use will determine your
connectivity method. Most individual users will work with a DHCP (Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol) connection, unless they've purchased a few static IP
addresses, but different distributions use different programs for grabbing the
DHCP address. Some distributions use the DHCPCD (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol Client Daemon) for generating the necessary file for maintaining the
DHCP state. Others use a program called
While I have experience using both DHCPCD and
pump, there are
known issues with the
pump program that will be addressed here.
In Red Hat 6.0, Mandrake 6.0, SuSE 6.0, and perhaps others, the
pump program was broken, and as a result people had a difficult
time accessing the internet via DHCP. At this point we told our clients to
cd into the
/sbin directory and type the following
mv pump-<version number> /sbin/~pump.old
then make a symbolic link to
(Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Client Daemon) by typing the following:
ln -s /sbin/dhcpcd /sbin/pump
This will make the init levels use DHPCD instead of
bootup. This will resolve issues when dealing with dropped lines or connections
with ADSL as well.
I have heard that this issue has been dealt with in newer distributions. I
use Slackware 7.0 and Linux-Mandrake 7.0, neither of which use the
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