*BSD user ppp allows you to set which protocols and the like
will cause an automatic dial out (or which will be ignored and NOT cause
an automatic dialout)
While using *BSD myself my situation is similiar to yours,
i'm on esat clear no limits, a crontab connects me at 6.20pm
and disconnects me at 7.40am the following day.
The only difference is that auto dialout for mail you want
One solution to this is at 7.40 when you disconnect while you're at it
simply put ppp in auto mode (where a connection is made whenever it's needed)
in auto mode you can set a timeout for idle connections to auto disconnect)
So basically, your setup would be:
do not trigger dialout for anything other then pop3 (or smtp)
7.40am -> 6.20pm : ppp in auto mode with timeout of 5 minutes?
6.20pm -> 7.40am : ppp in ddial mode (ddial causes timeouts to be ignored
and also will reconnect if the connections dropped)
Sorry if all that seems a little hazy, it's late ;)
Where there's a will there's a way.
According to adam beecher:
> Paul Collins said:
>> > Those timeouts would apply to calls triggered by outgoing connections.
>> Adam Lock said:
>> > Use SSH. OpenBSD ships with OpenSSH.
> I was about to say "It doesn't matter, cos I'll only be accessing it from the
> LAN anyway", but that doesn't make any sense does it? Well, it does, since
> there's no fear of my passwords being sniffed or anything, but still, best to
> leave telnet turned off. Fair point, well made. :)
>> > I mean for outgoing connections. Diald let's you set different timeouts
> > for different ports. For example to make the connection to stay up for
> > five minutes for web surfing but to drop immediately when a cron job
> > fetches mail. I haven't delved in OpenBSD's ppp (I'm still looking for
> > a cheap modem), but comments for users suggest it can't be tweaked
> > in such a way. Basically you can set the ppp timeout but it covers
> > all ports.
> That's a bit of a bugger innit? I was hoping to set it up to dial in every day
> just after 6pm, and disconnect just before 8am, with periodic pings to keep the
> connection alive and - might as well kill two birds with one stone - check
> services on my remote machines. 'Cept for weekends of course, when I'd leave it
> on the whole time. And, as you suggested, I wanted to collect my email
> periodically during the day and drop the connection immediately. If I can't do
> that, it would defeat the the advantage of using OpenBSD in the first place. So
> is there no way around this? Isn't there another dialler that could be installed
> on the machine?
>> BTW, somebody mentioned Mr. Modem's - I have an external Mr. Modem and I find it
> quite good, but with two rather annoying disadvantages. Both of them, it should
> be said, apparently Windows bugs (I rebuilt Linux on this machine a while back
> and I haven't set up ppp on it yet), so if you're not dual-booting, you can skip
> this. First of all, it has difficulty dialling more than three times in a row in
> a short space of time - which of course is pretty annoying with Irish ISP's. And
> secondly, there's a serious conflict with Logitech Mouseware - you can't run
> both at the same time. Apparently you can fix it by hacking the registry - the
> problem is with Mouseware scanning all ports at boot time - but I could never
> figure it out. So get used to using two buttons if you have a Logitech mouse.
>> > The CD layout is copyright so you can't copy it (legally) though there
> That's a bit crap isn't it? Doesn't really say Open Source to me. Bloody BSD
>> > are ISO's on the Internet if you look for them. I found it easier just
> > to download the stuff I needed from the
> > ftp://ftp.esat.net/mirrors/ftp.openbsd.org mirror and cut my own CD from
> > that. You can get a working OpenBSD by downloading about 50Mb of stuff.
> Cool. I'm sure I can find someone to burn it for me though. Most of my friends
> are bad, BAD boys... :)
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