On Wed, Aug 09, 2000 at 07:17:37PM -0500, justin wrote:
> Hey fellas...
>     Allright, here is the situation. I just had a second phone line installed in my 
>house, a POTS (plain old telephone service) line. I have plugged it directly into my 
>FreeBSD 4.1-STABLE workstation/server. I allready have PPP setup and when I execute 
>it, it runs fine. Now then, what I would eventually like to do is have all of my 
>windows based machines connect to this one and use it as a gateway for internet 
>traffic. However, that will come later.
>     What I would like to do right now, however, is guarantee that anytime, anyday, 
>barring a problem with my ISP, that my box is connected to the internet. I have it 
>currently setup to dial the internet when it boots and that seems, so far to work ok. 
>My problem you ask? My ISP implements a 5 minute no transfer policy, they disconnect 
>my connection after 5 minutes of 'idling'. What I would like to do is have some kind 
>of check to verify if I am still connected to the internet and if not, execute it. I 
>was thinking some type of script running from crontab every 5 minutes. If I am not 
>connected, then automatically reconnect to the internet.
>     Now there is another possible solution I cannot find an answer to. Is there a 
>BSD option to 'keep-alive' the connection so I do not time out? I would prefer not to 
>leave an X session opening refreshing CNN every five minutes :P

Firstly, please set your mailer to wrap lines at ~70 chars please.

Add `` set reconnect'' to /etc/ppp/ppp.conf. From the manpage:

      set reconnect timeout ntries

     This command tells ppp to re-establish the connection ntries
     times on loss of carrier with a pause of timeout seconds before
     each try.For example,

>     Your help and/or scripts are welcome :)
> Justin W. Pauler
> JWPages Web Development

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