Re: agrsm-tools.deb update.

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I tried again, and I thought it had worked - after the wvdialconf
command, I had a list of S1 .... and on the same line the command line
prompt - but I could use the mouse, and clicked in another window. I
went back to the terminal window, pressed <RETURN>, and the screen froze
again. I waited maybe 30seconds before switching the laptop off.

Is there anything else to try?

Kind Regards,


On 31/08/11 16:06, Marvin Stodolsky wrote:
> Ian,
> RE: am I supposed to be doing something at the moment?
> Following Jacques suggestion:
> re:  >>>> Once only,   sudo  ln  -sf  /dev/ttyAGS3   /dev/ttyS16
>>>>> S16 exists and is never used, so choose S16  and link with a force  (the f
>>>>> in -sf)  to override its current definition
>>>>> Try wvdialconf again to see if before hanging (or not) it will find your
>>>>> modem as /dev/ttyS16  or not.
> ====
> The test we would like your to do is:
> $ sudo ./unloading
> $ sudo modprobe agrserial
> to load the drivers.
> $ sudo ln -sf /dev/ttyAGS3   /dev/ttyS16
> so that wvdialconf will follow /dev/ttyS16 --> /dev/ttyAGS3  , the real port.
> Then once more
> $ sudo wvdialconf wvtest.txt
> The possibility Jacques raises is that something other than the query
> to /dev/ttyAGS3
> is causing your System to hang.  If it still hangs under this test, we
> know modem is indeed the culprit.
> MarvS
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Ian Smith <ismith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Jacques,
>> My apologies, but am I supposed to be doing something at the moment? I
>> would hate to think through my oversight I am causing a delay!
>> Kind Regards,
>> Ian
>> On 29/08/11 16:50, Jacques Goldberg wrote:
>>> Thanks Marv for the clarification.
>>> Please look at this relevant section circa lines 485 ssq of file
>>> in wvdial 1.61:
>>> static int fileselect(const struct dirent *e)
>>> {
>>>     return !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttyS", 4)       // serial
>>>        || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttyLT", 5)       // Lucent WinModem
>>>        || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttyACM", 6)      // USB acm Modems
>>>        || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttyUSB", 6)      // Modems on USB RS232
>>>        || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ircomm", 6)      // Handys over IrDA
>>>        || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttySL", 5);      // SmartLink WinModem
>>>         // (no internal ISDN support)   || !strncmp(e->d_name, "ttyI", 4);
>>> }
>>> ttyS is the first accepted pattern.
>>> My suspicion about the need in this version for the end of ttyS to be
>>> completed with digits, hence the suggestion to try S16, comes from the
>>> fifth pattern with ttySL. Who needs it if ttyS followed by letter L is
>>> treated with the first pattern?
>>> Jacques
>>> On 08/29/2011 05:13 PM, Marvin Stodolsky wrote:
>>>> Just to clarify issues
>>>> 1) loading agrmodem is typically trouble free
>>>> 2) loading agrserial dynamically creates /dev/ttyAGS3 (so terribly
>>>> named by Agere)
>>>> 3) the scripts provided by my agrsm-tools package
>>>> a) preload agrmodem, upon
>>>> $ sudo modprobe agrserial
>>>> b) create the /dev/ttySAGR --> /dev/ttyAGS3   symbolic link, for later
>>>>  use in the wvdialconf test.
>>>> It is when modem port usage is actually begun, for example by
>>>> wvdialconf, that some systems have a conflict.  This seems to be
>>>> happening on Ian's system,
>>>> as all the /dev/ttySn (n a number) are first queried.    /dev/ttySAGR
>>>> would be next in line,
>>>> and than is when the hang seems to occur.
>>>> Certain doing Jacques suggested test with the /devttyS16 -->
>>>> /dev/ttyAGS3 symbolic link is worthwhile, though I expect this is
>>>> Resource Conflict case that is difficult to resolve,
>>>> MarvS
>>>> On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Jacques Goldberg
>>>> <Jacques.Goldberg@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> Ian,
>>>>> I am getting old. I just suddenly remember that I got mad, long ago, trying
>>>>> to help somebody, with wvdialconf hanging up on my own computer with no
>>>>> modem installed. I got rid of the problem using an older version  of
>>>>> wvdialconf. The difference was that the older would only scan /dev/ttyS*
>>>>> addresses while the newer one also looked for USB, ACM, ISDN and perhaps
>>>>> other devices.
>>>>> Remembering that, I just downloaded the source code for wvdialconf.
>>>>> Analyzing it I already have three trivial questions to ask you, please
>>>>> forgive me for such stupid questions:
>>>>> 1-Which version are you using? The command       wvdialconf  --version
>>>>> gives the answer
>>>>> 2-When the computer hangs, just where you at least tried to give a carriage
>>>>> return, have you tried to give   CTRL C  (that is hit C while holding down
>>>>> the CTRL key)?
>>>>> 3-This one comes from an other user: have you tried to wait, doing nothing
>>>>> after having started  wvdialconf , for at least one timed minute, a feeling
>>>>> of the time elapsed is not enough,  just to make sure that it does not come
>>>>> back to life without intervention? That user had observed that the additions
>>>>> beyond the basic /dev/ttyS* pattern cause wvdialconf to silently work for
>>>>> quite a bit of time before reporting null results.
>>>>> >From the photo there is  something puzzling. It shows a device named
>>>>> /dev/ttyAGS3  (yellow), probably created when loading the driver, linked to
>>>>> an object /dev/ttySAGR  for the obvious and unique purpose of respecting the
>>>>> old convention of naming serial ports according to
>>>>> /dev/ttyS<something> . If my hint that wvdialconf hangs AFTER having
>>>>> completed scanning for /dev/ttyS* , and therefore having failed to find
>>>>> /dev/ttySAGR, I can see at least two reasons: the driver does not correctly
>>>>> create /dev/ttyAGS3 , or,  the version of wvdialconf which you use insists
>>>>> that /dev/ttyS<something>  requires a number withing some range for
>>>>> <something>.
>>>>> Elder readers who remember the early days of the Lucent driver LTMODEM
>>>>> from which is some way your driver is derived will understand why in your
>>>>> place I would give this a try:
>>>>> Once only,   sudo  ln  -sf  /dev/ttyAGS3   /dev/ttyS16
>>>>> S16 exists and is never used, so choose S16  and link with a force  (the f
>>>>> in -sf)  to override its current definition
>>>>> Try wvdialconf again to see if before hanging (or not) it will find your
>>>>> modem as /dev/ttyS16  or not.
>>>>> Jacques
>>>>> On 08/29/2011 11:35 AM, Ian Smith wrote
>>>>> Marvin,
>>>>> Up to the wvdialconf command, the text below was from the console -
>>>>> after the wvdialconf command, the laptop froze - and I hav

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