X-ISP is a visual, X11/XForms based, user-friendly interface to pppd/chat, i.e. a dialup TCP/IP tool with an X11 interface.
Version: 2.7X-ISP is a visual, X11/XForms based, user-friendly interface to pppd/chat, i.e. a dialup TCP/IP tool with an X11 interface. It is also a small ISP and phone company (PTT) database manager, and a dialup costs and usage logging/statistics tool. It provides maximum feedback from dialing and login phases on a message browser, versatility in interrupting a call in progress, a manual login terminal window, as well as call-back and per-ISP DNS selection capabilities.
Operating System: Linux
The main application, xisp, relies on a special dialer, xispdial, which is spawned by pppd in order to perform the dialing, and a "bare bones" terminal interface, xispterm. For more details on the workings of xisp, xispdial and xispterm, as well as their interaction with pppd and chat, see the "ARCHITECTURE" section below. The phone company database supports all PTT attributes applicable while logging phone-call costs, and saves its information in a separate file, in sub-directory .xisplogs, in the user's home directory.
The other facility provided by xisp is that of maintaining two small databases, one for ISPs and one for phone companies (PTTs). The implementation supports a variable (but upper bounded) number of records for both databases. Each ISP entry, aside from user account name and password, supports 8 telephone numbers (tried sequentially when dialing), individual PTT selection, a multitude of dialing parameters, sixteen user
customizable script lines for the chat program, and a wealth of pppd options to cover most communication needs. All ISP database information is saved in the xisp resource control file (.xisprc) in the user's home directory.
For details on the user interface look in the "USER INTERFACE" section below.
The .xisprc file converter (xisprccv) provided with the distribution, understands all ISP data base formats beginning with xisp version 1.2, and can be used to upgrade an old .xisprc file to the latest xisp version. xisprccv provided with version 2.7 also tries to convert old PTT log files to accommodate the changes in the logging file format
introduced with xisp-2.7.