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adsl-connect - Shell script to manage a PPPoE link


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adsl-connect [config_file]

adsl-connect interface user [config_file]


adsl-connect is a shell script which manages an ADSL connection using the Roaring Penguin user-space PPPoE client. If you omit config_file, the default file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ppp0 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 adsl-connect directly. Instead, use adsl-start to bring up the ADSL connection.

adsl-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 adsl-connect re-establishes the connection. In addition, each time the connection is dropped or cannot be established, adsl-connect executes the script /etc/ppp/adsl-lost if it exists and is executable.

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


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

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

USER The ADSL user-id (for example,

  A file in which to write the process-ID of the adsl-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 adsl-start and adsl-stop.


adsl-connect was written by David F. Skoll <>.

The pppoe home page is


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

ADSL-CONNECT (8) 21 February 2000
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