SLATTACH(8)                                                        SLATTACH(8)

       slattach - attach a network interface to a serial line

       slattach [-dehlLmnqv] [-c command] [-p proto] [-s speed] [tty]

       Slattach is a tiny little program that can be used to put a normal ter-
       minal ("serial") line into one of several "network" modes, thus  allow-
       ing you to use it for point-to-point links to other computers.

       [-c command]
              Execute  command  when  the line is hung up. This can be used to
              run scripts or re-establish connections when a link goes down.

       [-d]   Enable debugging output.  Useful when determining  why  a  given
              setup doesn't work.

       [-h]   Exit  when  the carrier is lost. This works on both /dev/tty and
              /dev/cua devices by directly monitoring the carrier status every
              15 seconds.

       [-v]   Enable verbose output.  Useful in shell scripts.

       [-q]   Operate in quiet mode - no messages at all.

       [-l]   Create an UUCP-style lockfile for the device in /var/lock.

       [-n]   Equivalent to the "mesg n" command.

       [-m]   Do not initialize the line into 8 bits raw mode.

       [-e]   Exit right after initializing device, instead of waiting for the
              line to hang up.

       [-L]   Enable 3 wire operation. The terminal is moved into CLOCAL mode,
              carrier watching is disabled.

       [-p proto]
              Set a specific kind of protocol to use on the line.  The default
              is set to cslip, i.e. compressed SLIP.   Other  possible  values
              are  slip  (normal  SLIP),  adaptive  (adaptive CSLIP/SLIP), ppp
              (Point-to-Point Protocol) and kiss (a protocol used for communi-
              cating  with AX.25 packet radio terminal node controllers).  The
              special argument tty can be used to put  the  device  back  into
              normal  serial operation.  Using 'ppp' mode is not normally use-
              ful as ppp requires an additional ppp daemon pppd to  be  active
              on the line. For kiss connections the axattach program should be

       [-s speed]
              Set a specific line speed, other than the default.

       If no arguments are given, the  current  terminal  line  (usually:  the
       login  device)  is  used.   Otherwise,  an attempt is made to claim the
       indicated terminal port, lock it, and open it.

       /dev/cua* /var/lock/LCK.*

       None known.

       axattach(8), dip(8) pppd(8), sliplogin(8).

       Fred N. van Kempen, <>
       Alan Cox, <>
       Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>
       George Shearer, <>
       Yossi Gottlieb, <>

                                  10 Oct 2006                      SLATTACH(8)
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