A couple of PPP related questions

Richard Smith rdls at satamatics.com
Wed May 9 17:18:00 BST 2001

On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 03:52:58PM +0100, Neil Ford wrote:
> I suspect people may already be doing what I want to do, so I thought I'd
> ask.
> Question 1
> Is it possible to get PPP to write it's process ID out to a file? I want to be
> able to have a cron job kill the PPP process at night and restart it in the
> morning. I could do it by grepping PS for the PID but I wondered if there was
> a more elegant solution.

I think you'll find it already does, see /var/run/tunN.pid in man ppp(8).

Also, there is the pppctl(8) control program for ppp(8) which might be worth a look.

> Question 2
> Whats the best way to extract the dynamic IP address that's been allocated to
> a machine by an ISP. I ideally want the machine to mail this detail out
> everytime it makes the connection.  You can probably guess where I'm going
> with this one :-)

You can write it out in the ppp.linkup script


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