Jason Krywicki, firstname.lastname@example.org recently typed
>In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org >(Christopher J. Henrich) wrote: > >>I have a very silly problem with Mathematica on my Mac. When its time >>for the kernel to start, it insists on dialing out on my modem. The only >>way to prevent this is to restart with the Mac PPP extension disabled. >>Half-measures usually lock up the system. > >Hi Christopher. The "problem" you are discribing is actually Mma checking >the network to make sure that two kernels aren't running with the same >password. Versions up to 2.2.1 do this. The latest version 2.2.2 only >checks the network if you are connected. The only way to get around this is >to: > > 1.) Take out MacTCP > 2.) Upgrade to 2.2.2
There is a better solution. Upgrade to a newer version of PPP on your Mac. For example, FreePPP 2.5v2, which I use, has a check box to disallow programs from opening the PPP connection. You can get it from <ftp://ftp.louisville.edu/pub/math/Larson/macstuff/>.