Empty ppp log running snapshot of 6-Apr-2011 and "official" RC3

  • I'm running 2.0-RC1-IPv6 (i386) built on Wed Apr 6 23:30:13 EDT 2011 My WAN interface runs ppp and is up but the ppp log file is empty:

    *** Welcome to pfSense 2.0-RC1-IPv6-pfSense (i386) on pfsense ***

    WAN (wan)       -> pppoe1     -> NONE/NONE (PPPoE)
    LAN (lan)       -> bridge0    -> 2001:470:1f05:14b3::1/64
    WLAN (opt1)     -> ath0_wlan0 -> NONE/NONE NONE/NONE
    DMZ (opt2)      -> rl0_vlan15 -> NONE/NONE
    MODEM (opt4)    -> ue0        -> NONE/NONE NONE/NONE
    OPT5 (opt5)     -> rl0_vlan10 -> NONE/NONE
    PHYSLAN (opt6)  -> vr0        -> NONE/NONE NONE/NONE
    WANIPV6 (opt7)  -> gif0       -> NONE/NONE 2001:470:1f04:14b3::2/126

    1. Logout (SSH only)                  8) Shell
    2. Assign Interfaces                  9) pfTop
    3. Set interface(s) IP address       10) Filter Logs
    4. Reset webConfigurator password    11) Restart webConfigurator
    5. Reset to factory defaults         12) pfSense Developer Shell
    6. Reboot system                     13) Upgrade from console
    7. Halt system                       14) Disable Secure Shell (sshd)
    8. Ping host

    Enter an option: 8

    ifconfig pppoe1

    pppoe1: flags=88d1 <up,pointopoint,running,noarp,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1492
    inet –> netmask 0xffffffff
    inet6 fe80::219:e0ff:fe68:314b%pppoe1 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xb
    nd6 options=3 <performnud,accept_rtadv># clog /var/log/ppp.log

    Since pppoe1 is up I expect there to be something in the ppp log.

  • I had non-empty PPP logs when running a snapshot built 21-May-2011.

    A few hours ago I upgraded to the "official" RC3: 2.0-RC3-IPv6 (i386)
    built on Tue Jun 21 17:40:54 EDT 2011

    clog /var/log/system.log | grep ppp

    Jun 24 01:58:32 pfsense php: : rc.newwanip: Informational is starting pppoe1.
    Jun 24 01:58:32 pfsense php: : rc.newwanip: on (IP address: (interface: wan) (real interface: pppoe1).

    clog /var/log/ppp.log

    ls -l /var/log

    total 1924
    -rw–-----  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 07:36 apinger.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 08:15 dhcpd.log
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    6538 Jun 24 01:57 dmesg.boot
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  512144 Jun 24 08:07 filter.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 ipsec.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  50688 Jun 24 01:57 l2tps.log
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      28 Jun 24 01:59 lastlog
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      49 Jun 24 01:58 lighttpd.error.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 lighttpd.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 ntpd.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 openvpn.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  50688 Jun 24 01:57 poes.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 portalauth.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 ppp.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  50688 Jun 24 01:57 pptps.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 relayd.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 slbd.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  512144 Jun 24 08:24 system.log
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel    388 Jun 24 01:58 userlog
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  65535 Jun 24 01:57 vpn.log

    # ps ax | grep ppp

    7740  ??  Ss    0:01.70 /usr/local/sbin/mpd5 -b -k -d /var/etc -f mpd_wan.conf -p /var/run/pppoe_wan.pid -s ppp pppoeclien
    31952  0  R+    0:00.01 grep ppp

    more /var/etc/mpd_wan.conf

            # configure the console
            set console close
            # configure the web server
            set web close

            create bundle static wan
            set bundle enable ipv6cp
            set iface name pppoe1
            set iface route default
            set iface disable on-demand
            set iface idle 0
            set iface enable tcpmssfix
            set iface up-script /usr/local/sbin/ppp-linkup
            set iface down-script /usr/local/sbin/ppp-linkdown
            set ipcp ranges
            #log -bund -ccp -chat -iface -ipcp -lcp -link

    create link static wan_link0 pppoe
            set link action bundle wan
            set link disable multilink
            set link keep-alive 10 60
            set link max-redial 0
            set link disable chap pap
            set link accept chap pap eap
            set link disable incoming
            set link mtu 1492
            set auth authname "*********"
            set auth password ********
            set pppoe iface rl0_vlan10

    I direct syslog output to another system and it shows ppp logging just a few minutes before the firmware upgrade but none after the upgrade which was more than 7 hours ago. My WAN link is a pppoe link and I can access the Internet over the WAN link so I expected to see at least one ppp UP event in the ppp log file.

    There is at least one other thread with a complaint about level of logging from mpd so I went looking for documentation which I found at http://mpd.sourceforge.net/doc5/ That documentation says mpd logs with facility name mpd but pfSense seems to have changed that to ppp.

    I noticed that mpd_wan.conf (displayed above) doesn't enable any logging (there is a commented log command). I edited mpd_wan.conf to add a command log +all, disabled the WAN link and enabled it again and now there is quite a bit of logging in /var/log/ppp.log.

    Has the default level of logging in mpd changed? Or has the contents of the mpd_<interface>.conf files changed? If so, why?</interface>

  • I've just looked again at /var/etc/mpd_wan.conf and my edit to add "log +all" has gone. Maybe this file is regenerated on enabling an interface rather than startup time.

    Which leaves the puzzle of why there was no ppp logging. Something not correctly synchronised at startup?

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