Debian Planet

Welcome to Debian Planet


Apt-get into it.
Main Menu

  • Home

  • Topics

  • Web Links

  • Your Account

  • Submit News

  • Stats

  • Top 10

  • Debian

    These are important Debian sites one should not be without!

  • Official Debian site

  • Package search

  • Mailing list archives

  • Bug reports

  • Debian on CD

  • Unofficial woody CD ISOs

  • Unofficial APT sources

  • Developers' Corner

    Other great Debian news sources:

  • Debian Weekly News

  • Kernel Cousin Debian

    (Debian mailing lists digested)
  • Community Groups

    Need help? You're not alone on this planet.

  • debianHELP

    (User support site)

  • Debian International



  • EsDebian


  • DebianWorld


  • MaximumDebian


  • DebianUsers


  • Debian-BR


  • IRC

    The place to get help on a Debian problem (after reading docs) or to just chat and chill is #debian on

    Many of the Debian Planet staff live there so pop by and say hello.

    Wanna write?

    Got that latest or greatest scoop? Perhaps you have some important news for the Debian community? Submit a news item!

    Or perhaps you've written a rather ground breaking insight into some aspect of Debian and you feel compelled to share it with others? Knock up a longer editorial article and send it to the editors.


    DP is sponsored by Xinit Systems and

    Domains paid for and hosted by

    Buy your Debian merchandise at

    Who's Online

    There are currently, 53 guest(s) and 6 member(s) that are online.

    You are Anonymous user. You can register for free by clicking here.

    Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody??
    Contributed by amacater on Monday, November 05 @ 02:07:04 GMT

    I've just installed an elderly 486 with 340M HDD and 12MB RAM with
    the base installation from latest "Potato" floppies. 17 floppies later
    I have a base system but the PLIP module doesn't want to install,
    claiming unresolved symbols. Clues welcome: I can't upgrade to Woody
    without a parallel connection.

    Is there any scope for the next expo: one laptop running hamm (1.3)
    one running Slink and one running Potato or woody so that people could
    see the evolution?

    Related Links

  • More about Linux
  • News by DanielS

    Most read story about Linux:
    Installing Debian GNU/Linux on Alphas

    Last news about Linux:

    Printer Friendly Page  Send this Story to a Friend
  • "Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody??" | Login/Create Account | 7 comments

    The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, November 05 @ 04:28:20 GMT

    hamm was 2.0

    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Monday, November 05 @ 09:49:17 GMT

    printerport-conflict ?

    /etc/init.d/lpd stop

    modprobe -r lp

    1) modprobe parport

    2) modprobe parport_pc

    3) give printerport an interrupt :

    echo 7 > /proc/parport/0/irq

    3) modprobe plip

    4) ifconfig plip0 pointopoint

    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, November 05 @ 12:14:32 GMT

    The same I did to make plip work, but for the module parport_pc to be installed I needed to pass it some parameters.....

    So in my machine:

    2') modprobe parport_pc irq=7 io=0x378

    After modprobe plip, just remains configuring your

    network; for me, my "plip network" was the first

    "network" ( ok, is not exactly a network since it is point-to-point... ) I had ever configured, and I read tons of docs to configure the plip, but was not very difficult...

    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 1)
    by greycat on Monday, November 05 @ 16:24:48 GMT
    (User Info)

    buzz = 1.1

    rex = 1.2

    bo = 1.3

    hamm = 2.0

    slink = 2.1

    potato = 2.2

    woody will be 3.0

    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 1)
    by caf on Monday, November 05 @ 13:51:19 GMT
    (User Info)

    Like the others said, just make sure you install the parport and parport_pc modules first.

    When I did this, one thing that struck me was that the ifup/ifdown scripts - that get their information from /etc/networks/interfaces - in netbase (at least in Potato) don't support pointopoint links, like PLIP. I was going to make a patch for this and send it to the maintainer...but got caught up in other work. Does anyone reckon it would be worthwhile?

    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 1)
    by owen on Wednesday, November 07 @ 12:36:40 GMT
    (User Info)

    Any patch will never get into potato!!! Any way I _think_ you can fake it by using the loopback and up/down keywords... ( I have lost my serial cable so can't test this properly)



    iface plip0 inet loopback

    up ifconfig plip0 pliplocal pointopoint plipremote up

    down ifconfig plip0 pliplocal pointopoint plipremote down




    [ Reply ]

    Re: Potato on an elderly laptop - PLIP anybody?? (Score: 1)
    by caf on Thursday, November 08 @ 03:29:46 GMT
    (User Info)

    Yeah, I realise potato is frozen apart from security updates and major bugs. I guess I didn't make myself clear enough (I was working on the assumption that pointopoint had been overlooked in the newer versions of ifupdown as well).

    I've just pulled down the source of the version of ifupdown in unstable (ifupdown-0.6.4-4), and it does have a pointopoint option in for inet static interfaces now.

    Oh well, everyone knows what assumption is the mother of...

    [ Reply ]

    Based on: PHP-Nuke

    All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2000 by Debian Planet

    You can syndicate our news using the file backend.php.