Introduction to WvDial

The WvDial package contains a no-nonsense, quick and easy to use alternative to chat and pppd scripts. If you simply want to dial a modem without the fuss and hassle of chat issues, then you'll want this.

Package Information

WvDial Dependencies


WvStreams-4.0.1 and PPP-2.4.3

Installation of WvDial

Install WvDial by running the following commands:

make PREFIX=/usr

Now, as the root user:

make PREFIX=/usr install

Configuring WvDial

Config Files

/etc/wvdial.conf and /etc/ppp/peers/*

Configuration Information

Perform the following two commands as the root user:

touch /etc/wvdial.conf &&
wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

wvdialconf will test that you have a working modem and try to determine its exact setup. You will then need to enter your ISP's phone number, login name and password into the /etc/wvdial.conf file.

You then start wvdial with:


For more information, examine the wvdialconf, wvdial.conf and wvdial man pages. Also, have a look at the Non-Root Dial Out HOWTO if you want to give non-root users access to wvdial.


Installed Programs: wvdial and wvdialconf
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /etc/ppp/peers

Short Descriptions


starts a PPP connection.


automates the configuration of wvdial.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600