View Full Version : [SOLVED] Help me write a script that will automate my VPN connection

seshomaru samma
September 18th, 2011, 04:15 AM
I would like to have a script on my desktop ,clicking on it will connect me to a VPN server. At the moment I need to open a terminal
cd to /etc/openvpn and then run this command:sudo openvpn --config 15\ -\ ibVPN\ USW.ovpn
I then need to input my sudo password and my VPN credentials. I don't mind doing it, but my wife thinks it's 'complicated'. For some reason Network Manger can't connect to the VPN , only command line works, so a script is needed
Any help would be appreciated

seshomaru samma
September 20th, 2011, 02:19 PM
this is what i've got so far :

cd /etc/openvpn
sudo openvpn --config 12\ -\ itVPN\ USW.ovpn --auth-user-pass credentials
When I run it I can see it going through the authentication process in the terminal but then the terminal just shuts off. I know it didn't connect cause I can't find an openvpn process running.
I'm also not sure how my credentials file should look like- I tried like this:

Xauth username ${myusername}
Xauth password ${mypassword}
as well as :

With the same results. Am I correct that I should locate the credentials file in /etc/openvpn?

September 20th, 2011, 02:20 PM
you are using gnome/unity or kde ?

September 20th, 2011, 02:40 PM

gnome-terminal --working-directory /etc/openvpn -e 'bash -lc "cd /etc/openvpn ;sudo openvpn --config 12\ -\ itVPN\ USW.ovpn --auth-user-pass credentials ;bash"'

that should work for gnome

September 21st, 2011, 12:02 AM
Well did it work ????

seshomaru samma
September 21st, 2011, 12:30 PM
Well did it work ????
Sorry for the late reply,
I've modified the script according to your suggestion and indeed the terminal does not quit.It is trying to connect, but now I'm getting this:

AUTH: Received AUTH_FAILED control message

which shows me that the authentication is not working. I can see several options:
1. the credentials file is in the wrong format
2. the credentials file is in the wrong directory (it's now in etc/openvpn)
3. something else

in the man page for openvpn it says :

Note: OpenVPN will only read passwords from a file if it has been built with the --enable-password-save configure option
not sure where to go from here....

seshomaru samma
September 29th, 2011, 01:56 PM
got it,
just needed to specify the location of the credentials file, that's all
so final script:


gnome-terminal --working-directory /etc/openvpn -e 'bash -lc "cd /etc/openvpn ;sudo openvpn --config 12\ -\ itVPN\ USW.ovpn --auth-user-pass /etc/openvpn/credentials ;bash"'