Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:35 AM
A recent install of Debian 6 (Squeeze) on a laptop has got some sort of problem between Gnome-ppp and wvdial. Running wvdial from a root window works. It dials out using the slmodemd and connects. So the script and softmodem interface are working.
But when invoked from the regular user account, Gnome-ppp doesn't seem to be able to send the password to the dialer. Instead, the log shows the dialer asking for the password, which of course hangs the dial process. Well, the password was typed into the right box on the Gnome-ppp dialog. Why not? Typing the password into the log window doesn't work, of course. Canceling at this point seems to leave wvdial in limbo, resulting in a "busy" port that cannot be opened by any new attempts with Gnome-ppp. What could be going wrong?