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I am setting up an openvpn server on my network for the purposes of accessing devices remotely. I have generated crts and keys with the easy-rsa scripts and have configured server.conf correctly AFAIK.

/etc/init.d/openvpn start


[FAIL] Starting virtual private network daemon: server failed!

I have tried starting the server manually to get more detailed output, but

openvpn --cd /etc/openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/server.conf

returns no output at all and the process dies before doing anything. Any idea on how to troubleshoot this further?


cd /etc/openvpn
remote local
proto udp
port 1194
verb 3
log-append /var/log/openvpn.log
dev tun
ifconfig-pool-persist ips.txt
cipher BF-CBC
secret keys/shared.key
ca certs/ca.crt
dh dh1024.pem
cert certs/server.crt
key keys/server.key
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Usually OpenVPN outputs its complaints to syslog. Check your log files. –  Celada Mar 8 '13 at 19:37
You have OpenVPN configured to log explicitly to /var/log/openvpn.log (that's what the log-append line is for). Maybe you should look there. –  larsks Mar 8 '13 at 21:25

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openvpn --cd /etc/openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/server.conf

you are trying to start openvpn client with servers config.

You have log in /var/log/openvpn.log, check it. And check tun module lsmod | grep tun

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