Modem lights

Charles E Taylor IV tomalek at
Wed Dec 17 19:27:58 UTC 2003

On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 14:15:45 -0500
John Cox <pk at> wrote:

> I can't get modem lights to disconnect or connect  ppp0. I have to use 
> network device control. This is a new install of fedora and the commands
> in modem lights say sbin/ifup ppp0 to connect and sbin/ifdown ppp0 to 
> disconnect. 

When you set up your modem, did you give your ISP a name?  If so, change
the commands in modem lights accordingly.  For example, if you called your
ISP "highstream" when you set up the modem, change

/sbin/ifup ppp0


/sbin/ifup highstream

For example, I called my ISP "Mindspring", so the commands I use in
that modem lights applet are

/sbin/ifup Mindspring
/sbin/ifdown Mindspring

If you don't remember what you called your ISP, open up a shell window and

ls /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg*

You should see something like this:


Pick the thing after the last dash that isn't eth0 or lo :)

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