Subject: Re: pppd loopback/modem hangup problems
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mike Long <email@example.com>
Date: 01/09/1997 12:06:39
>Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 21:37:04 -0600
>From: VaX#n8 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>A while back I complained about pppd saying "serial line is looped back".
>Ahem. Like that ever happens. Anyway, this happens, usually many times
>in a row, and the only solution is to kill pppd (I was using the demand-dial
>feature) and restart it. Presto, works fine. This is talking from
>a NetBSD/x86 to a Linux/x86 box. If I disable magic number negotiation,
>it connects and then says "Modem Hangup". This repeats several times,
>as before. Sometimes I'd get the "looped back" error 10 or 20 times in
>a row (I can grep my messages to generate some statistics if you like...
>seems like it occurs 5-10% of the time or so).
Do you see any lossage if you dialup the linux box directly, i.e. with
tip or kermit?
Have you set the 'modem' option in /etc/ppp/options?
Run pppd with the -d (debug) flag, and post what you get when the
problem occurs. You may need to twiddle syslog.conf first, to send
daemon.debug somewhere useful.
>I have one of the USR 33.6 Sportster modems that has been known to exhibit
>strange "pause" behavior, typically when doing interactive stuff --
>that is, these modems have been known to delay received data for up to a
>minute or two when exposed to typical "bbsing" loads -- user sends a few
>bytes, receives many, etc.
Try disabling V.42 and/or V.42bis, and see if that makes it better.
I use AT&FS2=128 as the init string for my Sportster. The S2=128 part
of it prevents three '+' chars from putting the modem into AT-command
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