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pon, poff, plog – starts up, shuts down or lists the log of PPP connec‐


pon [ isp-name [ options ] ] poff [ -r ] [ -d ] [ -c ] [ -a ] [ -h ] [ isp-name ] plog [ arguments ]


This manual page describes the pon, plog and poff scripts, which allow
users to control PPP connections.

pon, invoked without arguments, runs the /etc/ppp/ppp_on_boot file, if
it exists and is executable. Otherwise, a PPP connection will be
started using configuration from /etc/ppp/peers/provider. This is the
default behaviour unless an isp-name argument is given.

For instance, to use ISP configuration “myisp” run:

pon myisp

pon will then use the options file /etc/ppp/peers/myisp. You can pass
additional pppd options after the ISP name, too. pon can be used to
run multiple, simultaneous PPP connections.

pon takes the following command line options:

-q –quick
disconnect when ip-up finishes running. This function is
only available to the root user.

poff closes a PPP connection. If more than one PPP connection exists,
the one named in the argument to poff will be killed, e.g.

poff myprovider2

will terminate the connection to myprovider2, and leave the PPP connec‐
tions to e.g. “myprovider1” or “myprovider3” up and running.

poff takes the following command line options:

-r causes the connection to be redialed after it is dropped.

-d toggles the state of pppd’s debug option.

-c causes pppd(8) to renegotiate compression.

-a stops all running ppp connections. If the argument
isp-name is given it will be ignored.

-h displays help information.

-v prints the version and exits.

If no argument is given, poff will stop or signal pppd if and
only if there is exactly one running. If more than one connec‐
tion is active, it will exit with an error code of 1.

plog shows you the last few lines of /var/log/ppp.log. If that file
doesn’t exist, it shows you the last few lines of your /var/log/syslog
file, but excluding the lines not generated by pppd. This script makes
use of the tail command, so arguments that can be passed to tail
can also be passed to plog.

Note: the plog script can only be used by root or another system admin‐
istrator in group “adm”, due to security reasons. Also, to have all
pppd-generated information in one logfile, that plog can show, you need
the following line in your /etc/syslog.conf file:

local2.* -/var/log/ppp.log

PPPd system options file.

System PAP passwords file.

System CHAP passwords file.

Directory holding the peer options files. The default file is
called provider.

The chat script invoked from the default

The default PPP log file.

The p-commands were written by Christoph Lameter .
Updated and revised by Philip Hands .
This manual was written by Othmar Pasteka . Modified by
Rob Levin , with some extensions taken from the
old p-commands manual written by John Hasler .


pppd(8), chat(8), tail.

Debian Project July 2000 PON(1)