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       pppoe-connect - Shell script to manage a PPPoE link


       pppoe-connect [config_file]

       pppoe-connect interface user [config_file]


       pppoe-connect is a shell script which manages a PPPoE connection using the Roaring Penguin
       user-space PPPoE client.  If you omit config_file, the default file /etc/ppp/pppoe.conf is
       used.   If  you  supply  interface and user, then they override the Ethernet interface and
       user-name settings in the configuration file.

       Note that normally, you should not invoke pppoe-connect  directly.   Instead,  use  pppoe-
       start to bring up the PPPoE connection.

       pppoe-connect first reads a configuration file.  It then brings up a PPPoE connection.  If
       the connection ever drops, a message is logged to syslog, and pppoe-connect re-establishes
       the  connection.   In  addition,  each  time  the  connection  is  dropped  or  cannot  be
       established, pppoe-connect executes the script /etc/ppp/pppoe-lost if  it  exists  and  is

       The  shell  script  pppoe-stop  causes  pppoe-connect  to break out of its loop, bring the
       connection down, and exit.


       pppoe-connect uses the following shell variables from the configuration file:

       ETH    The Ethernet interface connected to the DSL modem (for example, eth0).

       USER   The PPPoE user-id (for example,

              A file in which to write the process-ID of the pppoe-connect process (for  example,
              /var/run/   Two additional files ($PIDFILE.pppd and $PIDFILE.pppoe) hold
              the process-ID's of the pppd and pppoe processes, respectively.

       By using different configuration files with different PIDFILE  settings,  you  can  manage
       multiple  PPPoE connections.  Just specify the configuration file as an argument to pppoe-
       start and pppoe-stop.


       pppoe-connect was written by Dianne Skoll <>.

       The pppoe home page is


       pppoe(8), pppoe-start(8), pppoe-stop(8), pppd(8),  pppoe.conf(5),  pppoe-setup(8),  pppoe-
       status(8), pppoe-sniff(8), pppoe-server(8), pppoe-relay(8)