pppctl 0.0.4 review

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pppctl is a suite of simple programs of use for controlling a ppp connection

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 24K
Developer: Jonathan McDowell
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pppctl is a suite of simple programs of use for controlling a ppp connection. It's ideal for automating internet connections that just connect, pickup and send email and news and then disconnect. It can help manage multiple ISPS and calculate online time for charging purposes.

pppctl consists of:

pppcharge controls charging, using /etc/ppp/charging.inf as it's data file. Run it with --help to get a list of commands it accepts.
pppctl is a simple CGI program I use to create /etc/ppp/dialup and /etc/ppp/nohangup files to feed to pollmail.
status is a companion CGI to pppctl that enables users to view the current online status from a webpage and also to see which features of pollmail are currently running.
pollmail is a script I have running that looks for the /etc/ppp/dialup and /etc/ppp/nohangup semaphore files to control going online. It automatically grabs news/email/uucp and sets the system clock with rdate.
killppp is a script which kills the ppp link and also removes any of the pollmail semaphore files.
useisp is a script that allows selection of an ISP from a selection. It uses files in /etc/ppp/isps named .scr and options. and will copy these to /etc/ppp/connect.scr and /etc/ppp/options when an ISP is selected.

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