ispsetup (was: Re: FreeBSD in Dixons)
jabley at patho.gen.nz
Sun Mar 12 11:21:08 GMT 2000
On Sat, Mar 11, 2000 at 06:11:52PM +0000, Dominic Mitchell wrote:
> * We need to sit down together and figure out 90% of the variables
> needed to configure each service for an isp. There are a number of
> issues involved. The biggie for me is how to do resolv.conf
> correctly, even in the case of multiple isp's (not all of them give
> DNS configuration through IPCP).
There are complications in selecting which number to dial, too.
For example, here in NZ:
+ if you're attached to an office PABX, you usually dial 1 for an
+ except sometimes you're in the office of a European or US-run
company, and they feel more comfortable using 9
+ some ISPs have nationally-significant numbers, like 0800, 0508,
0867 or 0873
+ some ISPs don't
+ some nationally-significant numbers are not dialable from offices,
and are only for use from residential lines
+ if there is no local number, you need to be given a choice as to
which one to call -- for example some homes have plans which permit
local-rate dialling to an adjacent area code for an additional
monthly flat fee
+ some area codes cover a lot of different local calling areas, so
local access numbers need to be listed by area name rather than
+ you normally don't want to dial the area code before your local
access number, since if you do you will probably be charged a
toll rate for the call
I see in the Demon example you used 0845, which is cheating :) I'm
not sure a totally generic solution is even possible, but it'd be
nice to be flexible.
Mmm. Why don't people store this kind of thing in the DNS?
clearnet.auckland.nz.dial.isp-access.net. IN TXT "09-9123050"
clearnet.national.nz.dial.isp-access.net. IN TXT "0508550050"
iprolink.national.nz.dial.isp-access.net. IN TXT "086747765"
iprolink.auckland.nz.dial.isp-access.net. IN TXT "09-3590707"
or something :)
Oh, no -- wait a minute, I knew this sounded familiar:
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