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# SLIP network device configuration
config SLIP
tristate "SLIP (serial line) support"
depends on TTY
Say Y if you intend to use SLIP or CSLIP (compressed SLIP) to
connect to your Internet service provider or to connect to some
other local Unix box or if you want to configure your Linux box as a
Slip/CSlip server for other people to dial in. SLIP (Serial Line
Internet Protocol) is a protocol used to send Internet traffic over
serial connections such as telephone lines or null modem cables;
nowadays, the protocol PPP is more commonly used for this same
Normally, your access provider has to support SLIP in order for you
to be able to use it, but there is now a SLIP emulator called SLiRP
around (available from
<>) which
allows you to use SLIP over a regular dial up shell connection. If
you plan to use SLiRP, make sure to say Y to CSLIP, below. The
NET-3-HOWTO, available from
<>, explains how to
configure SLIP. Note that you don't need this option if you just
want to run term (term is a program which gives you almost full
Internet connectivity if you have a regular dial up shell account on
some Internet connected Unix computer. Read
<>). SLIP
support will enlarge your kernel by about 4 KB. If unsure, say N.
To compile this driver as a module, choose M here. The module
will be called slip.
config SLHC
This option enables Van Jacobsen serial line header compression
bool "CSLIP compressed headers"
depends on SLIP
select SLHC
This protocol is faster than SLIP because it uses compression on the
TCP/IP headers (not on the data itself), but it has to be supported
on both ends. Ask your access provider if you are not sure and
answer Y, just in case. You will still be able to use plain SLIP. If
you plan to use SLiRP, the SLIP emulator (available from
<>) which
allows you to use SLIP over a regular dial up shell connection, you
definitely want to say Y here. The NET-3-HOWTO, available from
<>, explains how to configure
CSLIP. This won't enlarge your kernel.
bool "Keepalive and linefill"
depends on SLIP
Adds additional capabilities to the SLIP driver to support the
RELCOM line fill and keepalive monitoring. Ideal on poor quality
analogue lines.
bool "Six bit SLIP encapsulation"
depends on SLIP
Just occasionally you may need to run IP over hostile serial
networks that don't pass all control characters or are only seven
bit. Saying Y here adds an extra mode you can use with SLIP:
"slip6". In this mode, SLIP will only send normal ASCII symbols over
the serial device. Naturally, this has to be supported at the other
end of the link as well. It's good enough, for example, to run IP
over the async ports of a Camtec JNT Pad. If unsure, say N.
endif # SLIP