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Article:
  Failing Miserably, If Not Inventively
Subject:   When in Rome, eat like Romans do ...
Date:   2004-08-11 05:08:55
From:   ceplma
I have never used Mac for anything much seriously (I cannot stand a computer with one-eyed mouse :-), but as an old Linux user I cannot imagine, why you just don't have something like this:


#!/bin/sh
if (ping -s www.google.com); then
echo "Online"
WEREONLINE=1
else
/usr/sbin/pppd myISP # requires configured
# /etc/pppd/peers and chatscripts -- see
# chat(8) for more.
WEREONLINE=0
fi
eudora --fetch-mails # or how to do it?
if ($WEREONLINE); then
killall pppd
fi


Moreover, decent distributions of Linux provide some more advancend scripts like this called usually /usr/bin/po{ff,n}.


Matej