Section: Debian PPPD (1)
Updated: July 2000
pon, poff, plog - starts up, shuts down or lists the log of PPP connections
[ isp-name [ options ] ]
[ -r ] [ -d ] [ -c ] [ -a ] [ -h ] [ isp-name ]
[ arguments ]
This manual page describes the pon
scripts, which allow users to control PPP connections.
, 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 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.
closes a PPP connection. If more than one PPP connection exists,
the one named in the argument to poff
will be killed, e.g.
will terminate the connection to myprovider2, and leave the PPP connections
to e.g. "myprovider1" or "myprovider3" up and running.
poff takes the following command line options:
causes the connection to be redialed after it is dropped.
toggles the state of pppd's debug option.
to renegotiate compression.
stops all running ppp connections. If the argument isp-name
is given it will be ignored.
displays help information.
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 connection is active,
it will exit with an error code of 1.
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
file, but excluding the lines not generated by pppd.
This script makes use of the
command, so arguments that can be passed to
can also be passed to plog
Note: the plog script can only be used by root or another system
administrator 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:
PPPd system options file.
System PAP passwords file.
System CHAP passwords file.
Directory holding the peer options files. The default file is called
The chat script invoked from the default /etc/ppp/peers/provider.
The default PPP log file.
The p-commands were written by Christoph Lameter <email@example.com
Updated and revised by Philip Hands <firstname.lastname@example.org
This manual was written by Othmar Pasteka <email@example.com
by Rob Levin <firstname.lastname@example.org
>, with some extensions taken from
the old p-commands manual written by John Hasler <email@example.com