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Old 12-02-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Can't connect to my VPN anymore...


I have a VPN that gives me a download of ovpn files and certs so that I just enter/add servers as I need to NetworkManager on my Slackware64 14.1.

I found that I had a bad dns leak on it and was asking my VPN what to do to fix it and they were giving me fairly decent advice, but on certain servers I was still getting a dns leak.

So, I came here and did a search on 'dns leak' and came upon a few at-the-moment seemingly helpful posts. Some led to links here and there and in one of the links after reading made me decide that I must need the openvpn in my Slackware system to be 'on'.

In I went to the openvpn.conf file and adjusted what I thought needed adjusting.

Here's where it gets interesting...in another link I read, I saw I could 'test' if my openvpn.conf file was working correctly and it (the thing I had read) showed what *should* come up after I entered this:

Code:
openvpn /etc/openvpn/openvpn.conf
In my case nothing showed up as if it was a command to do something and it did it.

The problem now - after that, I can no longer connect to *any* of the servers of my VPN. Here's how I normally connect to one:

1) Click on networkmanager in taskbar
2) Click on one of the six choices of servers I've setup to choose from
3) Wait as it 'connects' (usually about ten seconds +/-) and carry on as usual on the internet.

Now what happens is, I click on one of the server choices and *instantly* get a message box informing me that that server is 'deactivated' (in other words it can't or won't even try to connect like normal.

I've uninstalled anything I could find to do with 'openvpn' (pkgtool, deleted /etc/openvpn, etc), but nothing seems to be working to fix this.

Has anyone got any ideas what happened and how I can recover so I can use my VPN again?
 
Old 12-04-2015, 04:32 PM   #2
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What is the log output for OpenVPN when you try to start it? Also you should start openvpn from the init script.
 
Old 12-04-2015, 04:51 PM   #3
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What is the log output for OpenVPN when you try to start it? Also you should start openvpn from the init script.
Unfortunately I deleted all things vpn including openvpn, networkmanager, networkmanager-openvpn, and re-installed them all just to see if anything would change...it didn't, except that now without even doing anything with openvpn (like the 'test' command I tried as stated in my earlier post) now when I click on one of my VPN servers to use *nothing* happens at all, not even a little window telling me it's deactivated.

I did look in /var/log and found a message from openvpn which I presume was from when I issued the test command. It reads:

Quote:
Options error: --ifconfig-pool/--ifconfig-pool-persist requires --mode server
Use --help for more information.
No idea what it means though, sadly.

As for starting openvpn from the init script, what's that and where is it? Would it give me a way to set things up in it the way I needed (like I think I was trying to do in my earlier post)?

Thanks for any help with this. It sucks having a VPN service and not able to use it any more.
 
Old 12-07-2015, 02:01 AM   #4
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Not really 'solved', but decided to install my VPN stuff and get it working on my router for the time being. Thanks for the help, mralk3.
 
  


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