The PPP setup returns the error "Could not
determine remote IP address".
This means that your ISP has a damaged implementation of PPP, which does not know (or refuses to report) who it is. So you need to assign your ISP an IP number. Put the lines
/etc/ppp/options file. These lines assign your ISP the IP number
192.168.255.1 (a "reserved" IP number) because they refuse to tell you
theirs, and also tells
pppd to accept their version if at this point
they wake up and finally send you an IP address.
If this happens, you might want to notify your ISP that they should know their own IP number.
Ping works -- the
ping tests above all worked -- but telnet or surfing does not seem to work.
Again your ISP seems to have a defective version of PPP. Try putting the line
/etc/ppp/options. This disables compression of the headers on
the packets which often causes problems.
Miscellaneous error messages
There are a few error messages which crop up with the newer versions of PPP and the newer (2.2.x) kernels.
On the 2.3.9 and 2.3.10 versions of
pppd, the message
modprobe: can't locate module char-major-108 is displayed in the log file. Ignore this. These versions of
pppd use some new features of the PPP kernel drivers in the development
kernels on Linux if they are available. This message says PPP cannot find these features. This is fine as these versions of PPP also work perfectly well with the older (2.0.x and 2.2.x) kernels.
You may see a series of lines like
modprobe: Can't locate ppp_compress-21
or 24 or 26. Put the following three lines into
/etc/modules.conf on the 2.4.x series of kernels)
alias ppp-compress-21 bsd_comp alias ppp-compress-24 ppp_deflate # From original RFC draft alias ppp-compress-26 ppp_deflate # Final standard per ppp-2.3.4
Again these error messages cause no harm -- except in the unlikely event that the remote side supports these compression modes, you will not be able to use these compressions. (Modems today do compression themselves, so the advantages of software compression are often minimal).
Typing the above command line every time you want to connect can get
tiring and be prone to errors. It also suffers from the problem that it must be
run by "root," not an ordinary user, and is also insecure in that details
like passwords are left lying around on the command line for anyone who
can run the command
ps to see. Thus, we want to enable the programs
to be run by any user and make them easy to use. We also want to make sure that it is
at least somewhat secure.