[Bug 427701] [NEW] OpenVPN client always runs

cprise cprise at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 11 06:09:12 BST 2009

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: openvpn

OpenVPN is being run at startup automatically, preventing desktop
(client) users from easily running and stopping it as a client: the
original OpenVPN instance is blocking.

NOTE: The (kubuntu 9.04 AMD64) systems this problem pertains to have had
the knetworkmanager abomination removed in favor of wicd. :) Therefore,
networkmanager-style handling of the vpn is not available and other
means of starting the vpn link are being used.

I don't see the point in running OpenVPN at startup on the desktop
distro. It causes VPN scripts and alternative front-ends to break,
reporting that the port is already in use. On desktop/laptop systems,
OpenVPN should not be run automatically as if it were a service. What
results from the current behavior is that an OpenVPN client is run at
startup and just sits there because the user hasn't yet established
their Wifi link; when the user has a Wifi link and goes to initiate an
OpenVPN connection, a "port already in use" error is generated and they
do not get a safe connection.


** Affects: openvpn (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

OpenVPN client always runs
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