Thank you Overthere.
I didn't want to waste your time or cause confusion in the internet world. :-). So I been trying to do a little homework and lots of trial an error.
Why did I start with x-isp dialer? It seems to be suggested first by VasmCC, so I guessed it would be easier, and secondly it would be nice to know how to use mutliple dialers. However my goal is to start with the simpler dialer or program and work up. And my immediate goal is to get on the internet with a dial up modem. Its a no brainer to get on with my ethernet connection.
I have put X-ISP dialer configuration on hold for now. And am now trying to get Chestnut dialer up and running.
At this point I am getting after about 20 seconds of being connected..."Serial link is not 8 bit clean"
I have an Actiontec linux compatible modem, 56k internal Pci modem, V.92 call waiting capable.
I still have the manual for it. In one of its linux pages it suggests init string of "at&fw2s109=2s38=1s37=14
My ISP is AT&T. I can connect with my lapttop modem dialup connection. I got ipconf from that. I am not sure if its a must to enter a name server, althought it seems to be suggested by other websites.
I did a root # locate xisp pppd and also the "which xisp pppd and got a NO...I repeated command for chestnut dialer and got a positive response. Conclusion? X-ISP dialer is not in my packages.
I did follow up on your links, but will need to read them again. I am also reviewing with on online linux course, that looks like it will take some time. Thanks for your help so far.Frank
Subsequent edit 3/30/09. After hours of trying other dialers, I found Chestnut dialer the easiest to work with with the option to edit the init string. Kdes kpp dialer on one distro did not have that. I had a problem using the defautl init string. From my manual I entered the suggested init string..ATS10=1 for this Actiontec hardware based linux compatibe modem. By the way, wrong init string gave a .."not 8 bit clean error message. Great Dialer, Chestnut dialer is. I wish I could get to work with Debian too. Are there propiatery issues I wonder?