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Does F16 no longer support starting openvpn as a service?

asked 2011-11-12 11:02:16 -0500

the.kid gravatar image

It looks like Fedora 16 not longer supports openvpn as a "service". Is this the case, and if so what is the new recommended way of starting openvpn as system startup. I could not find any systemd or chkconfig scripts to manage it.

To get around this I ended up having to copy a chkconfig script from another system. As I'm trying to get into the habit of using systemd rather than chkconfig, I'd like to know the recommended approach.

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answered 2012-04-21 08:10:37 -0500

TobyGoodwin gravatar image

Sure it does, although the user tools don't quite work as smoothly as you'd hope.

I have an openvpn tunnel tun427 (so its configuration is in /etc/openvpn/tun427.conf and its key in /etc/openvpn/tun427.key).

To start this:

systemctl start openvpn@tun427.service

to stop it:

systemctl stop openvpn@tun427.service

But to automatically start it at boot time, you can't say systemctl enable openvpn@tun427.service. (I think this is probably a bug.) Instead, make the link manually:

ln -s /lib/systemd/system/openvpn@.service /etc/systemd/system/

Hope this helps,


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This doesn't work for me. Calling the enable command still results in "Failed to issue method call: No such file or directory"

Cerin gravatar imageCerin ( 2013-03-04 10:40:53 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-11-12 12:37:10 -0500

hhlp gravatar image

updated 2011-11-12 13:37:35 -0500

have you tried this :

Used to list the services that can be started or stopped

ls /lib/systemd/system/*.service 
ls /etc/systemd/system/*.service

Used to start a service (not reboot persistent)

systemctl start fro.service

Used to stop a service (not reboot persistent)

systemctl stop fro.service

Turn the service on, for start at next boot, or other trigger.

systemctl enable fro.service

Turn the service off for the next reboot, or any other trigger.

systemctl disable fro.service
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answered 2011-11-12 19:28:39 -0500

the.kid gravatar image

My question was around the fact that no systemd (or chkconfig) service scripts were created for openvpn after I installed it. However, I now think that openvpn probably never included a service script, and that I had probably got the chkconfig script that I've used in the past from the Internet.

The script exists here for anybody that might be looking:

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