wvdial and devfs

Declan Moriarty declan.moriartyt at ntlworld.ie
Sat Feb 21 05:00:25 PST 2004

On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 01:19:22PM +0100, Christian H. Kuhn enlightened us thusly
> Hi all,
> BLFS 5.0, devfs, no devfsd, no compatibility inodes in /dev
> I installed wvdial and run wvdialconf. wvdialconf is not able to find
> my Hagenuk Speed Dragon on /dev/tts/1. But it is known that the Speed
> Dragon needs to be spoken to in a fixed baud rate. So there might be
> two possible problems with different solutions:
> - wvdial is not working with the devfs and needs a /dev/ttyS1 symlink
>   or a patch or such.
> - i need to use setserial to set the baud rate to the appropriate
>   value.
> (BTW: it would be fine if in BLFS such things as setserial or fbset
> would occur)
> Any hints?

You may have a catch-22 situation in that nothing bothers to make your
modem visible before wvdial decides it isn't there. 

2.6 kernel docs have some frank comments about devfs, and you are left
with what it is, not what it should be. 

Divide and conquer: Is your wvdial.conf kosher? Are your modules loading?
Can you modprobe a module before trying wvdial?

In short, nobody can sort you out until they can see what the problem
is. Find out, and come back.


	With best Regards,

	Declan Moriarty.

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