STARTSLIP(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual STARTSLIP(1)
startslip -- dial up and login to a slip server
startslip [-d] [-b speed] [-s string1 [-s string2 [...]]] [-h] [-l] [-L]
[-A annexname] [-U upscript] [-D downscript]
[-t script_timeout] [-W maxtries] [-w retry_pause]
[-K keepalive] [-O outfill] [-S unit] device user password
The startslip utility opens the specified device. Once carrier is
asserted (if modem control is enabled) startslip attempts to login as the
specified user with the given password. Standard login: & Password:
scheme assumed unless Annex option specified (see -A). If successful, it
puts the device into the slip line discipline, calls upscript and goes to
wait mode. If carrier drops (modem control enabled) or a SIGHUP is sent
to startslip, it closes the device, calls downscript and attempts to
repeat the dialup and login sequence. If a SIGTERM is send to startslip,
it closes the device, calls downscript and exits. When startslip called
twice on the same device, previous copy killed by a SIGTERM before any
The following options are available:
-d Print out debugging information.
Determine the baud rate used for device, default value is 9600.
Set login script timeout in seconds, default value is 90.
Set connecting retry pause in seconds (increased from one retry
to another), default value is 60.
Set maximum number of connection retries for one session, default
value is 6. Value 0 means infinite count.
The optional stringN is written to device. Return character is
added automatically. For a dialup modem, the string is used to
specify a dial sequence. No string written by default. You can
specify several -s stringN arguments to use with each try, f.e.
several host phone numbers.
The startslip utility assumes it is connecting to a Xylogics
Annex box and engages in an appropriate dialog using the user and
password arguments. The annexname argument is a string that is
used to match against the Annex prompt to determine when a con-
nection has been established.
-h Use hardware (CTS/RTS) flow control for device. Default value is
no flow control.
-l Disable modem control (waiting for carrier and carrier drop
sense) for device. Modem control is enabled by default.
Specify a script to run when a SLIP interface becomes connected.
This may contain ifconfig(8), route(8), and other appropriate
commands. The arguments that are passed to the script are "slX
up". Default value is /sbin/ifconfig. Dial sequence number (see
-s) passed via LINE environment variable.
Specify a script to run when a SLIP connection goes away. The
arguments that are passed to the script are "slX down". Default
value is /sbin/ifconfig. Dial sequence number (see -s) passed
via LINE environment variable.
Set SLIP "keep alive" timeout in seconds. If FRAME_END not
received during this time period, a reconnect will occur. Active
"out fill" timeout expected from other side. Default value is no
Set SLIP "out fill" timeout in seconds. It causes at least one
FRAME_END to be sent during this timeout. Needed for "keep
alive" timeout on other side. Default value is no timeout.
Set SLIP unit number directly. Use with caution, no check for
two interfaces with same number made. Default is dynamic assign-
-L Use uucp-style device locking. You need it unless you start
startslip from external program which already does uucp locking.
Default case is no uucp locking to satisfy such programs.
/var/run/startslip..pid pid stored here
uustat(1) (ports/net/freebsd-uucp), slattach(8), sliplogin(8)
The startslip appeared in 4.4BSD.
FreeBSD 6.1 June 5, 1993 FreeBSD 6.1