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We are trying to interface with a wireless modem that connects to a computer via a com-port DB-9 connection. It uses SLIP in the sense that the modem hosts a SLIP server and requires the interfacing computer to connect to it as a SLIP client.

From the documentation I've read, the packagedip seems to be the right solution. The problem though is the following:

  1. It isn't bundled in modern linux distributions like it used to be,
  2. I can't get the source code, found at metalab.unc.edu, to compile,
  3. attempting to install the rpm also causes similar dependency issues

So, potential solutions to this problem may include:

  1. Solution to #1, 2, or 3 above.
  2. Using a very old distribution of Linux (not ideal at all)
  3. An alternative package to dip. slattach does not appear to be a viable option for our needs.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


Slackware 14 does not include dip by default, but does have dip available for download at http://packages.slackware.com. For the time being, I am going to try this route.

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How come slattach isn't an option? – Jander Feb 11 '13 at 22:46
I need to retrieve a client IP address from the modem during SLIP setup. I could build a mechanism that does this (I believe it happens out-of-SLIP-band before starting SLIP) and then run slattach and ifconfig from there. However, with my latest findings (see above), I 'm going to try to run with dip for now which basically does just that. – YWCA Hello Feb 12 '13 at 17:21

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