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linesrv.conf - Linesrv configuration file
This linesrv.conf configuration file is read by the Linesrv daemon upon
starting. In this file it is possible to specify all the daemon
properties such as binding address, start and stop command for
connection. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux
distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.
linesrv is a program that...
The different configuration options are:
bind_to <ip addres>
the IP the server is listening on (currently only one ip).
Used to specify the port used to listen to clients. The port may
be specified as a number.UDP port 16007 is default.
If set to .Iyes only LCP3 (LineControl Protocol 3.x) clients
will have access. You can control user access via the PAM
system. See /etc/pam.d/linecontrol and /etc/pam.d/lcshutdown to
know how limit access
This file contains the linesrver pid. This file is never removed
when shutting down the server, but is always over-written when
the server restart.
Linesrv let you to log connection time on per-user base, per-line base,
and let you to calculate the costs. Furthermore the server logs the
same without IP when the connection gets closed (either by ’server’ or
’manually’) remember that multiple clients can use the connection at
the same time. So the sum of the secs of the clients is not the one of
the ’line ...’ entries! (evidentelly... :) You can access the log by
means of cgi-bin lclog.
With this option you can specify the file from the logparser
read from. The default is /var/log/linesrv/dialsrv.log With
’logfile’ you can log the ip, from time, to time and the seconds
a client used the connection. You can parse the logfile with
lclog, by pointing your web browser to http://<server-name>/cgi-
This is a new feature in version 2.1.0. linesrv has to be able
to write/read to/from that named pipe utility with htmlstatus
which you can find in /usr/lib/cgi-bin/htmlstatus can read from
that pipe. Attention: htmlstatus has to be run with the same
user id set as the linesrv process so it can send a SIGUSR1 to
linesrv. It could be ran as root. htmlstatus will read
/etc/linesrv/linesrv.conf (compiled in for security reasons) and
then look for the two keywords ’pid_file’ and ’html_status’.
Without these it won’t work.
with filters you may decide whether a certain client may use dialsrv or
not. if filter_type is allow, all clients in the list have access to
the server, others don’t. If it’s deny, all but those in the list have
access. Remember that UDP/IP is extremely easy to spoof. Use Clients
without user accounting only on a trusted subnet and block the ’port’
at your firewall.
The only option is allow. For the moment it cannot not be used
filter_mask <ip> <bit-mask>
filter_ip <from> <to>
This options defines a netmask or a range of ip numbers that can
connect to the server. It is possible to use more than once
Linesrv has a nice feature that permits to shutdown remotely the
box running it. It can be made by using the keyword
script_shutdown. This keyword does not support command line, so
you can use a wrapper found in /usr/sbin/halt-wrapper.
limit_shutdown_ip <from> <to>
limit_shutdown_mask <ip> <bit-mask>
LineControl does also support TCP connections. They’re much
harder to spoof... but some bad boy can just take your own IP...
You don’t have to use filter_type or so again. The type of the
shutdown-filter is always ’allow’. Only listed IPs are allowed
to execute the script. The host has to pass the by filter_*
specified list. So this list is additional and doesn’t replace
the other one.
With Linesrv you can configure several modem (or isdn) connection with
several ISP. Every connection is know as "Line". Each Line has his own
Define the start of Line <name>.
specifies the network interface to watch to generate the
How can we determine the status of the connection (only up /
down). working with pppd. The network device (ex. ppp0) tells
us about the connection status. If it’s up, the connection is
considered as up. If not, we believe that the con is closed.
scans /dev/isdninfo for the connection status. You have to
supply some more information about your isdn conf. see below.
file exists the connection is considered as established. Let
your script delete it after it closed the connection. This
should be useful for people with a cablemodem. The problem is
that you will get bad throughput messages if not all of the
traffic goes through the ’interface’ you specified. Probably you
will specify ’eth0’ as a dummy... because you have to specify
These directive shows the scripts that are used to get the
interface up and down.
allow_manually defines whether linesrv should close a connection
that got established without that linesrv called the script_up.
So if you have for example a cron job which checks for a running
linesrv, you can say "allow_manually no". This way linesrv will
close a line that it left open before a crash. So the line gets
closed when linesrv gets restarted. attention: if you have two
lines with the same con_type and the same thing that tells us
whether a line is up or down linesrv will consider one line as
established by the server and the other one established
manually. In this case you HAVE TO SET "allow_manually yes". If
not, linesrv won’t work well (it’s a bug.).
after ’con_timeout’ seconds This script should establish the
basic constellation so we can call script_up again.
If you selected cont_type_file your up/dn scripts will have to
create/remove this file. Change the filename to suit your needs.
It doesn disturb as long as you’re not using ’con_type file’.
set con_timeout to something like 15 if you’re using isdn after
# secs, the connection-establishment gets abortet if the
connection didn’t get established.
DON’T set the following to ’no’! (Your clients won’t run
well...) probably this keyword will disapear in a coming
This manual page was written by Marco Presi <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for
the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
January 12, 2002 LINESRV.CONF(5)