network boot script & PPP

Jim Gifford lfs at
Sat Oct 2 10:11:49 PDT 2004

Laurens Blankers wrote:

>Hi all,
>I connect to the internet through a PPP connection. In order to start
>that connection at boot time I have created a directory
>'ifconfig.ppp0' under /etc/sysconfig/network-devices, a config file
>called 'ppp' and a service 'ppp'. The service basically does:
>/usr/sbin/pppd file $OPTIONS_FILE
>The problem is that this never gets executed because the 'ifup' script
>returns the following error:
>Interface ppp0 doesn't exist
>Which is technically correct, the ppp0 interface doesn't exist until
>pppd creates it. But pppd never gets started because the interface
>doesn't exist. A chicken-and-egg problem.
>I can think of several workarounds, but I am posting this to the dev
>list because I would like to now what the proper solution to this
>problem is.
    Does /dev/ppp exist?

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