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I have an *.ovpn file that works if I type in: sudo openvpn filename.ovpn.

Now I would like to start up OpenVPN when I boot the computer. It's a headless version of Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit if that matters.

I copied filename.ovpn to /etc/openvpn, but it's not starting, even if I run: service openvpn start.

How can I do this?

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see: –  mbx Dec 17 '12 at 8:12
Have you tried naming your file client.conf? –  user2313067 Feb 18 '14 at 8:52

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It would be nice to have a un hacker way of doing it, but this will have to do for now.

1) Create file myopenvpn in /etc/init.d/

nano /etc/init.d/myopenvpn

2) Insert into myopenvpn and save:

# OpenVPN autostart on boot script

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]


exec /usr/sbin/openvpn --status /var/run/openvpn.client.status 10 --cd /etc/openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/client.conf --syslog openvpn


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