This is a blatant, undisguised attempt to elicit some
free help. (Well,
maybe not totally free.)
I've been playing in my basement, trying to get NFS
and TCP/IP running
using only public domain source code. I'd like to connect
DOS/Windows stations to an AT-class machine running
Linux. I'd also
like to get PPP running so that all the toys at home
can talk with
the machines here at work.
So far I've invested about four evenings into this project.
Linux, and succeeded in getting it to talk to commercial
running on the DOS machines. Or, at least, almost succeeded.
PCNFSD, and FTP appear to work, but when I run Telnet,
the Linux Telnet
daemon hangs (with considerable regularity) in a select()
suspect this bug is a product of my using an ethernet
older than my oldest child, but I can't seem to get
the kernel configuration
script to recognize any of my newer cards, and my initial
to disable the auto-configuration failed. Given another
so, I expect I can find a way around this bug, so I'm
with the UNIX end.
In all honesty, though, I don't know where to begin
on the PC end.
I have several TCP/IP drivers and packet drivers copied
Internet sites, but my initial scan of the so-called
left me totally unenlightened. I have a vague idea of
how these pieces
are supposed to fit together, but sense that I'm missing
a lot of
details that are going to be critical to getting it
to work. Moreover,
I have no experience with PPP.
Surely someone reading this magazine has installed a
version of TCP/IP and PPP on a DOS station. Do me a
big favor and
write a detailed account of how you did it. Where'd
you get the files?
Which version did you use? What hardware are you running?
the finished configuration files look?
I know this isn't a particularly hard task, but I don't
want to invest
any more scarce evenings than absolutely necessary.
Life is too short
to spend it doing this kind of detective work. Thus,
I'll make you
a deal. You write the details, and I'll turn it into
a story and give
you the byline (and the author's stipend).