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19-Aug-2010, 05:33 PM #1
Dial up friendly distribution?
As the proud owner of a brand new Zoom 3095 USB controller based 56K modem I'm looking for a dial up friendly distribution of Linux. (For updates I'll use Keryx and a faster connection. Ubuntu apparently dropped reasonably simple dial up support a few versions back and doesn't even have wvdial in the repositories.
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19-Aug-2010, 09:31 PM #2
Hi Davec,

I just fired up Synaptic Package Manager to verify your statement that wvdial is no longer in the repositories - and that is false. You might want to check off all of the universe and multiverse repos via Synaptic Package Manager and give it another try as it is clearly there. I am using Ubuntu 10.04.1 (Lucid Lynx) from the Live CD, and I have edited the /etc/apt/sources.list to include other repos as well - but, I doubt wvdial came from one of them rather than either the universe (most likely) or the multiverse repo (possible).

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20-Aug-2010, 05:10 AM #3
Other than the security depository the rest of the standard Lucid repositories were there. I get an error trying to install gnome-network-manager.saying it is missing a missing dependency (wvdial}.
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20-Aug-2010, 09:30 AM #4
Hi Davec,

You can download wvdial version 1.60.3 for Lucid from Package: wvdial (1.60.3) (for either i386 or amd64) Just follow either link on that web page to another which has world-wide mirrors for the download of the acutal wvdial_1.60.3_i386.deb package.

To install it: dpkg -i wvdial_1.60.3_i386.deb
or if you need to you can use sudo in front of the dpkg command.

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20-Aug-2010, 10:58 AM #5
I'll try that, thanks. This will be easier once I get connected. I keep bouncing back and forth between XP and Lucid.
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20-Aug-2010, 04:12 PM #6
When i was on dialup , the problem i always had wasnt which Linux distro, but finding a Linux compatible modem. Are you sure that one is??
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20-Aug-2010, 08:47 PM #7
It's a controller based modem and actually comes with Linux drivers on the CD.
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21-Aug-2010, 11:15 AM #8
Hi Davec,

I ran across the following link this AM, and thought it would have been useful in your situation regarding where to find wvdial (in which repository) and be able to adjust your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

apt-file: Locate Missing Package Files.

Note: The installation of apt-file includes a step before the close of the Synaptic Package Manager Apply process that creates the apt-file cache as /var/cache/apt/apt-file directory path. Note that the directory /var/cache/apt/archives contains the .deb files installed. So, the apt-file cache contains .gz (compressed) versions of the list contents of the repositories.

I uncompressed the us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_lucid_Contents-i386.gz (I use the US server setting for my repositories - a Synaptic Package Manager setting) and it looks like wvdial is in the universe repositories. That means that you should look at the file /etc/apt/sources.list (as root), and uncomment the lines with the universe repository and then either reload Synaptic Package Manager or issue the command sudo apt-get update - in order to make wvdial visible (i.e. able to be resolved as a dependency via Synaptic Package Manager).

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21-Aug-2010, 12:41 PM #9
I'll look at the also. I've got this thread bookmarked . Until everything's working I paste to a text file and then access instructions from Lucid when I'm there. Eventually I hope to get this machine set up as strictly Linux rather than the dual boot I have going now.
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22-Aug-2010, 07:56 AM #10
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When i was on dialup , the problem i always had wasnt which Linux distro, but finding a Linux compatible modem. Are you sure that one is??
I'm typing this in Puppy.
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Puppy is pretty amazing with its hardware detection. I hope i don`t have to go back to dialup, but i`ve still got the modems if i do.
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22-Aug-2010, 11:46 AM #12
When I try to install the manually downloaded vwdial package I get another depedency error:

Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libuniconf4.6

This is what I have under sources in Keryx:

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security multiverse
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security multiverse

Am I missing something?
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22-Aug-2010, 01:08 PM #13
I'm beginning to think the simplest rout might be to start with hardy heron and then upgrade.
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22-Aug-2010, 05:13 PM #14
Hi Davec,

What is Keryx? Also, what are your settings for the repositories in Synaptic Package Manager? What happens when you press the reload button at the top left - do you get any error messages. One more thing: please list your file /etc/apt/sources.list in your next post. Note: I won't be able to post mine in return via attachments because I've been having a conflict with my FF add-ons in that regard, but I can list it in-line if necessary. I'll be able to compare yours vs mine and make some recommendations if I see anything hincky.

Note: wvdial dependencies include: libuniconf4.6, libwvstreams4.6-base, and libwvstreams4.6-extras, so, correcting your /etc/apt/sources.list file, then pressing reload with the proper repositories would allow Synaptic Package Manager to operate as intended to resolve all dependencies by finding them and doing the resolution.

The alternative is to do more individual package downloads and dpkg -i installs via the download links Other Packages Related to wvdial

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22-Aug-2010, 08:58 PM #15
Kyrex is an off-line package manager that allows you to do the downloading on a different machine even if it's running Windows.

http://keryxproject.org/

I can't use Synaptic Package Manager at this time because I have no connection in Lucid. Looking at your manual link it looks like the dependencies have dependencies and that continues but I don't know how deep.

I'm thinking the Heron install and upgrade might be a faster way to go.
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