I think he was just looking for a somewhat more elegant way to
starting the interface, as opposed to editing /etc/netstart, which is
now supposed to be sacrosanct. Try the following:
Hmm, that's not the impression I got. He was using -auto already, but
needed to pint the remote host to get things started.
I was wanting to have the system bring up the link (ie. dial) upon bootup
without haveing to do the ping command to 'fudge' an outgoing packet. But I
do think the start_if.interface script is rather elegant, and will do it
that way. (Albeit, that doesn't solve the original question).