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Old 06-01-2020, 02:01 PM   #1
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Need help with OpenVPN


Ya got a Newbie here. Just installed OpenVpn on SurfShark VPN and not getting the help I need from them on this topic. I am not clear on command to start OpenVPN VIA Terminal nor do I know how to find and or choose a server to connect to. Any help with this would be apprectiated. Frank
 
Old 06-01-2020, 02:26 PM   #2
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Ya got a Newbie here. Just installed OpenVpn on SurfShark VPN and not getting the help I need from them on this topic. I am not clear on command to start OpenVPN VIA Terminal nor do I know how to find and or choose a server to connect to. Any help with this would be apprectiated. Frank
Again, as with your other thread about VPN, did you look at SurfShark's own website???
https://support.surfshark.com/hc/en-...app-for-Linux-

Step by step directions, with pictures. And as with your question about PureVPN, you are paying for their support as well as service. The steps listed tell you specifically what to type, and how to open a terminal.

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Old 06-01-2020, 03:51 PM   #3
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Which OS?
Check this out and see if it helps:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...os-4175632515/

Edit: This doesn't use the vendor application. It uses the openvpn config files and certificates provided by VPN vendors.

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Old 06-01-2020, 05:16 PM   #4
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Again, as with your other thread about VPN, did you look at SurfShark's own website???
https://support.surfshark.com/hc/en-...app-for-Linux-

Step by step directions, with pictures. And as with your question about PureVPN, you are paying for their support as well as service. The steps listed tell you specifically what to type, and how to open a terminal.
As I said previously, in my experience the techs in the chat rooms don't often reply to my specific issue but fall back on suggesting a site tutorial which is not working for me. Case in point and please don't take offence but I asked about a specific problem and the response is---go get a tutorial. If there is a tutorial or some written instructions on how to use the Terminal to access OpenVPN and then choose a desired Server please point me in the right direction.
 
Old 06-01-2020, 05:29 PM   #5
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I would suggest to follow this tutorial
https://support.surfshark.com/hc/en-...etwork-Manager
If you get stuck somewhere or have a question about the tutorial ask.

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Old 06-01-2020, 06:28 PM   #6
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I would suggest to follow this tutorial
https://support.surfshark.com/hc/en-...etwork-Manager
If you get stuck somewhere or have a question about the tutorial ask.
Thanks for the link. I just spent another hour or so with SurfShark with no success. It just won't work and they can't help. I uninstalled OpenVpn and got another tutorial from them that looks quite similar to your suggestion. I will give this one a try and hope for the best. Frank
 
Old 06-01-2020, 06:47 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link. I just spent another hour or so with SurfShark with no success. It just won't work and they can't help. I uninstalled OpenVpn and got another tutorial from them that looks quite similar to your suggestion. I will give this one a try and hope for the best. Frank
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As I said previously, in my experience the techs in the chat rooms don't often reply to my specific issue but fall back on suggesting a site tutorial which is not working for me. Case in point and please don't take offence but I asked about a specific problem and the response is---go get a tutorial. If there is a tutorial or some written instructions on how to use the Terminal to access OpenVPN and then choose a desired Server please point me in the right direction.
I did; did you read it??? You said you're 'not clear on the command'....the page I gave you had pictures, and step-by-step directions, including opening the terminal, what to type in, etc. Can't be more plain than that...same with the PureVPN link I gave you previously in your other thread. Step-by-step guide. Even tells you how to select the server to connect to (with pictures), and how to list the available servers.

The SurfShark link I gave you has, as step one, a link to click to download the software; you double-click it. Step 3 tells you how to open the terminal...have you tried to look at your applications?? One of them is labeled "terminal"; either use the hotkeys (again, step 3) or click the link. The rest of the tutorial tells you how to look up help, and do other things. colorpurple21859 gave you another tutorial, which uses the Network Manager (again, mentioned in your other VPN thread), where you have to enter credentials/import a config file. Either will work.

Don't take offense, but when you ask for help and are given a step-by-step guide, and the response is, "I need written instructions"....what do you think a tutorial IS?
 
Old 06-01-2020, 08:04 PM   #8
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I uninstalled OpenVpn
for the tutorial that I posted you will need to have openvpn and network-manager-openvpn-gnome installed.
 
Old 06-02-2020, 12:43 PM   #9
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...and...

I did; did you read it??? You said you're 'not clear on the command'....the page I gave you had pictures, and step-by-step directions, including opening the terminal, what to type in, etc. Can't be more plain than that...same with the PureVPN link I gave you previously in your other thread. Step-by-step guide. Even tells you how to select the server to connect to (with pictures), and how to list the available servers.

The SurfShark link I gave you has, as step one, a link to click to download the software; you double-click it. Step 3 tells you how to open the terminal...have you tried to look at your applications?? One of them is labeled "terminal"; either use the hotkeys (again, step 3) or click the link. The rest of the tutorial tells you how to look up help, and do other things. colorpurple21859 gave you another tutorial, which uses the Network Manager (again, mentioned in your other VPN thread), where you have to enter credentials/import a config file. Either will work.

Don't take offense, but when you ask for help and are given a step-by-step guide, and the response is, "I need written instructions"....what do you think a tutorial IS?
I believe that I said I was having trouble because in several cases the tutorial pictures did not always match the view on my monitor so that I could not continue with that step. Also and even more problematic was when some commands in the Terminal would not activate or just produce an error msg.
If I was not clear I apologize but for me you have too much attitude and If I should post again, please disregard.
 
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I believe that I said I was having trouble because in several cases the tutorial pictures did not always match the view on my monitor so that I could not continue with that step.
And you also didn't tell us which picture(s) didn't match, or where you were stuck. Just saying "doesn't match"
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Also and even more problematic was when some commands in the Terminal would not activate or just produce an error msg.
Again, if you don't say WHICH commands and WHAT message(s), what do you think we can tell you?
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If I was not clear I apologize but for me you have too much attitude and If I should post again, please disregard.
If you think someone giving you (several times), a step-by-step set of instructions that you asked for (and apparently disregarded) is 'attitude', what else do you think anyone is going to tell you?? And keep in mind this is a VOLUNTEER forum, not a help-desk.

Not sure what you're after here; you mention several VPN services, and all of them have detailed installation instructions/setup instructions for Linux. Are you expecting/wanting us to re-type them for you?? The SurfShark tutorial I gave you is VERY clear; one click to download, two clicks to install. Tells you how to open terminal, and what to type in. Not sure how much more clear you need it to be, or what else needs to be explained.

Your other thread about PureVPN is a example of this; you asked how to set it up, and were handed two links to the PureVPN website, that have tutorials, and it was suggested you follow the one for OpenVPN:
https://support.purevpn.com/setup-guide-for-mint

Again: step-by-step, edited March 25th of this year for the latest version of Mint. You follow up with problems installing Cyberghost...not PureVPN. Given suggestions about case-sensitivity...which you didn't acknowledge. We are all *TRYING* to help you, but you have to provide details and answer questions, not just say "doesn't work" and "doesn't match".

And the most salient point here is that you are PAYING someone else for support, yet you are complaining about people who are trying to help you for free, from volunteers. If you don't like free support, then I would encourage you to use the support you're PAYING FOR. Don't wonder if you get 'attitude' when you won't answer questions, and won't seem to take direction from those you asked advice from.

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Old 06-02-2020, 06:33 PM   #11
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I believe that I said I was having trouble because in several cases the tutorial pictures did not always match the view on my monitor so that I could not continue with that step.
then you need to say what tutorial you using and what step your having trouble with, what you see versus what the tutorial shows.

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Also and even more problematic was when some commands in the Terminal would not activate or just produce an error msg.
When your having trouble with terminal commands you need to show what command you typed into the terminal and the output or error of the command, the expected outcome of the command if you know it.

The more details you give when you reach a roadblock in a step of a tutorial the better someone can help you. Jumping from one tutorial to another when you have problems doesn't help either. Stick with one tutorial, ask for help with as much detail as you can about what you did or didn't do and what happened or didn't happened. If your following a bad tutorial,as some are outdated, someone here will point it out.

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Old 06-02-2020, 07:43 PM   #12
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then you need to say what tutorial you using and what step your having trouble with, what you see versus what the tutorial shows.

When your having trouble with terminal commands you need to show what command you typed into the terminal and the output or error of the command, the expected outcome of the command if you know it.

The more details you give when you reach a roadblock in a step of a tutorial the better someone can help you. Jumping from one tutorial to another when you have problems doesn't help either. Stick with one tutorial, ask for help with as much detail as you can about what you did or didn't do and what happened or didn't happened. If your following a bad tutorial,as some are outdated, someone here will point it out.
Indeed, and that's been mentioned to the OP in their other VPN thread as well:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...3/#post6129144

Cannot assist with no information or details; if a similar lack of information is presented to the support they OP is paying for, I don't wonder they get the same results there.
 
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@OP, don't get confused if gui images do not match. Get the configuration files and certificates and credentials from your VPN vendors and try it out on cli. Follow the tutorial link I gave above.

Once you start showing efforts instead of vague comments, the actual help will start. Heck, I can probably update my tutorial to cover debian n family too ( what I mean is, I am willing to spin a mint VM and check), but the initiative must be yours. Nobody loves having to spoonfeed others.
 
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