pppd crashes, was: kde-freebsd] Question about KPPP on FreeBSD

Michael Nottebrock lofi at freebsd.org
Wed Feb 7 23:22:11 UTC 2007

On Wednesday, 7. February 2007 18:45, Joe Vender wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 February 2007 01:59, Michael Nottebrock wrote:
> ...
> > There is https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=55785 on record, your
> > description sounds more like you're getting a kernel panic in the
> > background though (KPPP is a frontend for pppd and the in-kernel ppp
> > driver).
> If I want to use KPPP in FreeBSD, do I need to first manually edit any
> config files for pppd, and if so, please elaborate, or does creating the
> settings in the "Configure" sections of KPPP take care of everything
> needed?
> I found this bug report which sounds just like the problem I'm having with
> FreeBSD and KPPP.


I agree, that sounds similar. I've changed the CC to stable@, since that is a 
better place for pppd/kernel ppp related issues.

> Is there any intention to address it?

I call on the community (especially those with modems) to take it on. To that 
end, I've left your motivational speech below intact for everyone's benefit.

> IMHO, setting up a dialup connection in FreeBSD via ppp seems like jumping
> through hoops, even compared to linux.

Personally, I think it's pretty easy - for modem users it usually means just 
editing four lines in /etc/ppp/ppp.conf (device, phone number, user, 
password) then typing ppp<return> in a shell, then typing dial<return> and 
they're online. That's pretty much the same amount of data input and 
interaction that kppp requires.

> I was told on the freebsd-questions 
> mailing list that KPPP uses pppd, and that pppd is known to be very buggy
> and essentially unmaintained in FreeBSD. If this is true, then a very
> easy-to-use feature of KDE, namely KPPP for setting up a dialup connection,
> is not going to be usable. A lot of users are going to be put off FreeBSD
> if they can't use KPPP with a serial modem on dialup. FreeBSD needs a
> usable KPPP, and therefore a working and maintained pppd, if it has any
> plans to be considered a user-friendly desktop alternative to linux, not to
> mention an alternative to Windows.

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