Prompted for VPN (openvpn) user info at boot-up

Bug #280428 reported by Piraja on 2008-10-08
0
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
openvpn (Ubuntu)
Medium
Thierry Carrez

Bug Description

After upgrading to Intrepid Ibex I have been prompted at bootup for VPN username and password. This is confusing, since it did not happen with Hardy and I do not want this to happen — it serves no purpose for me and is an inconvenience also for other users of the laptop. All I want to do is launch OpenVPN whenever I need to, during the GUI session and not before logging in. I am reporting this as a bug in Intrepid because this did not happen with Hardy.

Some more info:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=919715
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5931147

Related branches

Indeed, this might be the case: "the reporter is confused, and an explanation is needed." Thanks in advance!

Changed in openvpn:
status: New → Invalid
Thierry Carrez (ttx) wrote :

Though the right solution is to do some /etc/default/openvpn configuration (see related answer), it might be a good idea to preserve hardy's behavior in that case.

This difference in behavior was introduced when we merged the fix for the following Debian bug :
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=454371

In hardy, VPNs needing some password to start would just fail to autostart on boot.

Thierry Carrez (ttx) wrote :

This should probably be considered as a bug.

Changed in openvpn:
assignee: nobody → tcarrez
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Invalid → Confirmed

I agree, and I realized that the problem persists for users upgrading to Intrepid and using OpenVPN (I mean, the behaviour has not been changed yet): I upgraded from Hardy to Intrepid on another machine and had to remove OpenVPN from the autostarted-at-boot apps list. I also realized, while still using Hardy, that VPN autostart authentication at boot-up just silently fails (and this might be a better policy, from an average user's perspective, I believe).

Thierry Carrez (ttx) wrote :

Proposed fix
Also includes a fix for VPNs always reported as starting [ OK ] (log_end_msg sent too early)

openvpn (2.1~rc11-1ubuntu2) intrepid; urgency=low

  * debian/openvpn.init.d:
    - Revert fix from #454371 that was merged at 2.1~rc7-4 to prevent
      openvpn prompts from blocking the boot (LP: #280428)
    - Fix VPNs always reported started [ OK ]

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package openvpn - 2.1~rc11-1ubuntu2

---------------
openvpn (2.1~rc11-1ubuntu2) intrepid; urgency=low

  * debian/openvpn.init.d:
    - Revert fix from #454371 that was merged at 2.1~rc7-4 to prevent
      openvpn prompts from blocking the boot (LP: #280428)
    - Fix VPNs always reported started [ OK ]

 -- Thierry Carrez <email address hidden> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:12:54 +0200

Changed in openvpn:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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