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[slug] Irritating terminations


Hello Sluggers,

As a part time user of this Mandrake 9 distro of Linux I have a problem 
interpreting the details of a log file taken from kppp.

What is happening almost every time I log in to my ISP - tac.net.au on the 
central coast - is that I am disconnected, usually within 0.7 minutes as you 
may see in the log.

It is a plain dial up connection with no ADSL or other special facilities.

Sometimes it happens once, most usually twice on almost every log in to the 
ISP for the last few weeks, it was good for a while - before I renewed my 
subscription to the ISP for another year, and now after a few months of clean 
operation it seems to be disconnecting with the same abandon it did before. 
At that time there was a bit of static on the line, but at the moment it is 
clear as a bell, the static just seems to have shifted to my mothers place.

Anyone fill me in on what the cause of it may be?

I'm using a 56 kb external modem - acer 56k surf.

I had heard a conspiracy theory about telcos and ISPs, which when put to my 
ISP was vehemently denied, that some users had their first calls disconnected 
by the ISP so twice as many calls had to be made - good for telcos and good 
for ISP's, especially if, as it was alleged, the ISP was working on 
commission for a telco... the other extension of this is that the telco can 
detect the type of device in operation and react in accord with their profit 
motives - anybody else know of this, it certainly would seem to fit a few 
pieces of the jigsaw together.

Here is the log for this mornings effort:

Jun 15 08:47:01 localhost pppd[17861]: pppd 2.4.1 started by neast, uid 500
Jun 15 08:47:01 localhost pppd[17861]: using channel 3
Jun 15 08:47:01 localhost pppd[17861]: Using interface ppp0
Jun 15 08:47:01 localhost pppd[17861]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/tts/0
Jun 15 08:47:01 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 <asyncmap 0x0> 
<magic 0xb5c25f2f> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:04 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 <asyncmap 0x0> 
<magic 0xb5c25f2f> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x41 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x41 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x42 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x42 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x43 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:11 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x43 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a7721d> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfReq id=0x1 <asyncmap 0x0> 
<magic 0xb5c25f2f> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ConfReq id=0x44 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a78d1e> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ConfAck id=0x44 <asyncmap 
0xa0000> <auth pap> <magic 0xa2a78d1e> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ConfAck id=0x1 <asyncmap 0x0> 
<magic 0xb5c25f2f> <pcomp> <accomp>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [PAP AuthReq id=0x1 user="neast" 
password=<hidden>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [PAP AuthAck id=0x1 ""]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x1 <addr 
0.0.0.0> <compress VJ 0f 01> <ms-dns1 0.0.0.0> <ms-dns3 0.0.0.0>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [CCP ConfReq id=0x1 <deflate 15> 
<deflate(old#) 15> <bsd v1 15>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [IPCP ConfReq id=0x75 <compress VJ 
0f 00> <addr 202.9.246.65>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [IPCP ConfAck id=0x75 <compress VJ 
0f 00> <addr 202.9.246.65>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [proto=0x8207] 01 65 00 04
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: Unsupported protocol 0x8207 received
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP ProtRej id=0x2 82 07 01 65 00 
04]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [IPCP ConfNak id=0x1 <addr 
202.9.246.109> <ms-dns1 202.9.244.6> <ms-dns3 202.9.244.3>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [IPCP ConfReq id=0x2 <addr 
202.9.246.109> <compress VJ 0f 01> <ms-dns1 202.9.244.6> <ms-dns3 
202.9.244.3>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP ProtRej id=0x45 80 fd 01 01 
00 0f 1a 04 78 00 18 04 78 00 15 03 2f]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [IPCP ConfAck id=0x2 <addr 
202.9.246.109> <compress VJ 0f 01> <ms-dns1 202.9.244.6> <ms-dns3 
202.9.244.3>]
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: local  IP address 202.9.246.109
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: remote IP address 202.9.246.65
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: primary   DNS address 202.9.244.6
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: secondary DNS address 202.9.244.3
Jun 15 08:47:13 localhost pppd[17861]: Script /etc/ppp/ip-up started (pid 
17872)
Jun 15 08:47:14 localhost pppd[17861]: Script /etc/ppp/ip-up finished (pid 
17872), status = 0x0
Jun 15 08:47:28 localhost pppd[17861]: rcvd [LCP EchoReq id=0x1 
magic=0xa2a78d1e 00 2d 0f 01]
Jun 15 08:47:28 localhost pppd[17861]: sent [LCP EchoRep id=0x1 
magic=0xb5c25f2f 00 2d 0f 01]
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Hangup (SIGHUP)
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Modem hangup
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Script /etc/ppp/ip-down started (pid 
17885)
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Connection terminated.
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Connect time 0.7 minutes.
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Sent 87 bytes, received 70 bytes.
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Couldn't release PPP unit: Invalid 
argument
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Waiting for 1 child processes...
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]:   script /etc/ppp/ip-down, pid 17885
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Script /etc/ppp/ip-down finished (pid 
17885), status = 0x0
Jun 15 08:47:42 localhost pppd[17861]: Exit.

Please enlighten me if you may..