|SPPP(4)||Device Drivers Manual||SPPP(4)|
sppp — point to
point protocol network layer for synchronous lines
sppp network layer implements the
state machine and the Link Control Protocol (LCP) of the
point to point
protocol (PPP) as described in RFC 1661. Note that this layer does
not provide network interfaces of its own, it is rather intended to be
layered on top of drivers providing a synchronous point-to-point connection
that wish to run a PPP stack over it. The corresponding network interfaces
have to be provided by these hardware drivers.
sppp layer provides three basic modes
of operation. The default mode, with no special flags to be set, is to
create the PPP connection (administrative Open event to
the LCP layer) as soon as the interface is taken up with the
ifconfig(8) command. Taking the interface down again will
terminate the LCP layer and thus all other layers on top. The link will also
terminate itself as soon as no Network Control Protocol (NCP) is open
anymore, indicating that the lower layers are no longer needed.
sppp layer supports the
flag that can be set with ifconfig(8). If this flag is
set, the various control protocol packets being exchanged as well as the
option negotiation between both ends of the link will be logged at level
LOG_DEBUG. This can be helpful to examine
configuration problems during the first attempts to set up a new
configuration. Without this flag being set, only the major phase transitions
will be logged at level
It is possible to leave the local interface IP address open for negotiation by setting it to 0.0.0.0. This requires that the remote peer can correctly supply a value for it based on the identity of the caller, or on the remote address supplied by this side. Due to the way the IPCP option negotiation works, this address is being supplied late during the negotiation, which might cause the remote peer to make wrong assumptions.
In a similar spirit the remote address can be set to the magical
0.0.0.* which means that we
do not care what address the remote side will use, as long as it is not
0.0.0.0. This is useful if your ISP has several dial-in servers. You can of
something_or_other 0.0.0.* and it
will do exactly what you would want it to.
The PAP and CHAP authentication protocols as described in RFC 1334, and RFC 1994 resp., are also implemented. Their parameters are being controlled by the spppcontrol(8) utility.
VJ header compression is implemented, and enabled by default. It can be disabled using spppcontrol(8).
- <ifname><ifnum>: <proto> illegal <event> in state <statename>
- An event happened that should not happen for the current state the respective control protocol is in. See RFC 1661 for a description of the state automaton.
- <ifname><ifnum>: loopback
- The state automaton detected a line loopback (that is, it was talking with itself). The interface will be temporarily disabled.
- <ifname><ifnum>: up
- The LCP layer is running again, after a line loopback had previously been detected.
- <ifname><ifnum>: down
- The keepalive facility detected the line being unresponsive. Keepalive must be explicitly requested by the lower layers in order to take place.
W. Simpson, Editor, The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), RFC 1661.
G. McGregor, The PPP Internet Protocol Control Protocol (IPCP), RFC 1332.
B. Lloyd and W. Simpson, PPP Authentication Protocols, RFC 1334.
W. Simpson, PPP Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP), RFC 1994.
The original implementation of
written in 1994 at Cronyx Ltd., Moscow by Serge
rewrote a large part in 1997 in order to fully implement the state machine
as described in RFC 1661, so it could also be used for dialup lines. He also
wrote this man page. Serge later on wrote a basic implementation for PAP and
CHAP, which served as the base for the current implementation, done again by
Negotiation loop avoidance is not fully implemented. If the negotiation does not converge, this can cause an endless loop.
The various parameters that should be adjustable per RFC 1661 are currently hard-coded into the kernel, and should be made accessible through spppcontrol(8).
Passive mode has not been tested extensively.
Link-level compression protocols should be supported.
|May 25, 2008||Debian|