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“Dialup” via DSL

Note: Post written under Xubuntu Dapper; see addendum for Gutsy.

I’m currently online using a pay-per-minute “dialup” via DSL.

First, I have to run:

sudo pppoeconf

This is self-explanatory with good instructions. It sets up a profile called
dsl-provider. To connect:

pon dsl-provider

While you’re connected (or not),

pppstatus

tells you the status of the connection and the connection time.

plog

is similar, but gives you details of the last connection.
To disconnect:

poff

Addendum

In Xubuntu Gutsy, this worked, but caused problems with nm-applet. Make sure you remove extra stuff from /etc/network/interfaces that gets put there by pppoeconf before trying to connect to a non-dialup DSL connection or to a wired LAN.

Addendum 2

In the bug report cited above, someone proposed the following solution (and it works for at least one person, though I cannot currently test it myself):

After you’ve run pppoeconf, edit your /etc/network/interfaces to contain only the following:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

iface dsl-provider inet ppp
provider dsl-provider

Then, it seems network manager and the nm-applet handle “standard” wired connections correctly, and you can also right click on the nm-applet and connect to your “dialup” connection with the dsl-provider item in the nm-applet context menu.

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