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SLATTACH(8)                 System Manager's Manual                SLATTACH(8)

     slattach -- attach serial lines as network interfaces

     slattach [-Hhlmn] [-s baudrate] [-t ldisc] ttyname

     slattach is used to assign a tty line to a network interface which uses
     asynchronous serial lines.

     Currently the slattach command is used to attach sl(4) or strip(4)
     interfaces.  These interfaces have to be created using the ifconfig(8)
     create subcommand before the slattach command.  The network source and
     destination addresses and other interface parameters are configured via

     The following operands are supported by slattach:

     -H            Turn on DTR/CTS flow control.  By default, no flow control
                   is done.

     -h            Turn on RTS/CTS flow control.  By default, no flow control
                   is done.

     -l            Turn on the CLOCAL flag, making it possible to run SLIP on
                   a cable without modem control signals (e.g. DTR, DSR, DCD).

     -m            Maintain modem control signals after closing the line.
                   Specifically, this disables HUPCL.

     -n            Don't detach from invoking tty.

     -s baudrate   Specifies the speed of the connection.  If not specified,
                   the default of 9600 is used.

     -t ldisc      Specifies the line discipline to use for the tty.
                   Supported line disciplines are ``slip'' (creates a sl(4)
                   instance) and ``strip'' (creates a strip(4) instance).  If
                   this option is not specified, the default is ``slip''.

     ttyname       Specifies the name of the tty device.  ttyname should be a
                   string of the form `ttyXX', or `/dev/ttyXX'.

     Only the super-user may attach a network interface.

     To detach the interface, use ``ifconfig interface-name down'' after
     killing off the slattach process.  Interface-name is the name that is
     shown by netstat(1).

           slattach ttyh8
           slattach -s 4800 /dev/tty01

     Messages indicating that the specified interface is not configured or
     created, the requested address is unknown, or that the user is not
     privileged but tried to alter an interface's configuration.

     netstat(1), daemon(3), netintro(4), sl(4), strip(4), ifconfig(8), rc(8),
     sliplogin(8), slstats(8)

     The slattach command appeared in 4.3BSD.

     There is no way to specify the interface name (sl%d etc.) to be attached
     by the slattach command.  There is no way to see which interface is
     assigned to the specified tty by the slattach command, either.

     It would be better if the network interfaces were created by the slattach
     command rather than by using the ifconfig(8) create subcommand before the
     slattach command.

NetBSD 6.1.5                     July 8, 2006                     NetBSD 6.1.5