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What do "can't get passwd for local host" messages in the SCO Unix syslog mean?

SCO PPP will generate messages like this in syslog:

      pppd[296]: can't get passwd for local host
      pppd[296]: getppphostent: no local host id

Evan Hunt of SCO explains: Those refer to PAP/CHAP passwords in /etc/pppauth--it basically just means you haven't configured SCO PPP to use PAP/CHAP for authentication. You can ignore them. I really ought to demote those messages to a lower debug level so they don't show up unless you ask for them. (Scribble note to self.)

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