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How to add route for PPTP tunnel automatically

July 7, 2014
[bash] [howto] [issue] [gnu/linux] [network] [shell] [slackware]

Had an issue with setting up correct routing rule for VPN network through PPTP.

pppd didn't add corresponding rule automatically and I couldn't find appropriate option to make it do so. So I tried adding something like the following to the /etc/ppp/ip-up script, which is invoked once network is connected:

route add -net netmask dev ppp0

It didn't work. I thought maybe network is not available at the time the script is executed and tried:

shopt -u huponexit
( sleep 5 && route add -net netmask dev ppp0 ) &

Tests with simple scripts without root privileges indicated that the idea is correct, but output of the route command after connecting to the VPN still didn't have the required item.

Looking on the Web trapped upon this hardly relevant post. It's not really related to the issue, but I noticed these two lines:

echo "/sbin/route add -net gw" >> ip-up
echo "/sbin/route add -net gw" >> ip-up

See something different comparing to commands in snippets above? It's /sbin/route, not just route.

I always forget about not to rely on $PATH environment variable in scripts executed with superuser rights, hence the idea of this post is to remind just that: prefer full paths in scripts executed with privileges of root user.