How to test if a modem is on/off inside a script?

Hi,
I need to test inside a shell script (UX10.20) is a modem is on/off. If it is off, I have to do some actions (Send an email...).
That script will b excuted via cron, every minute.
1. What is the command to check the modem on/off? (Is it cu -l /dev/... ? )
    How do I do it inside a script??
2. If u can, provide me the full script. It has to do a very simple action:
   Check if the modem is active (On electricity...), if not send an email to some people.
   
Many thanks, leee
leeeeAsked:
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biraCommented:
Hi
  Suppose your modem is identified by tty1.

    Run the script below:

test=`cu -l /dev/tty1 2>/dev/null`
if [ $? = 0 ] ; then
     echo "Contact with the modem OK."
      else
     echo "Contact failed."
    # at this point place the send mail command...
fi
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dkloesCommented:
bira:

I don't have a system handy at the moment to see if cu has any standard output.  If so, maybe:

test=`cu -l /dev/tty1 > /dev/null 2>&1`

If not, ignore my comment.
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