Bug 848217 - Creating, connecting to or configuring OpenVPN connections seems entirely broken in F18
Creating, connecting to or configuring OpenVPN connections seems entirely bro...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager-openvpn (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-08-14 18:42 EDT by Adam Williamson
Modified: 2014-02-05 07:03 EST (History)
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Description Adam Williamson 2012-08-14 18:42:40 EDT
OpenVPN connections seem completely broken in current F18, with:


If I try to connect to an existing (and working, in F17) OpenVPN connection with the GNOME shell menu thingy, I just get a 'Activation of network connection failed' notification. If I go to the GNOME control center 'Network' thingy and click the 'on/off' toggle for the connection, same thing. If I try to configure the connection, I get a dialog 'Error initializing editor: Insufficient privileges'. If I try to create a new OpenVPN connection, I get the normal VPN connection editing dialog, but everything is greyed out and inaccessible except the 'Cancel' button.

nm-connection-editor appears to behave correctly for editing the connection, but doesn't have an option to activate it. If I try and do it with nmcli:

[adamw@adam sources]$ nmcli con up uuid 9725a88c-ff5c-400e-9c1c-3dccfee33038
Error: Connection activation failed: no valid VPN secrets.

This VPN uses two-factor auth so I have to enter the password each time I connect to it, but in neither case of attempting to enable the connection am I actually prompted for the password. The failure is returned immediately. Password is set to Always Ask, according to nm-connection-editor, so it _should_ be asking (and this was working fine in F17 before I upgraded).
Comment 1 Adam Williamson 2012-09-28 14:39:54 EDT
Still broken with:


I see this in /var/log/messages when trying to open the VPN connection:

Sep 28 11:38:42 adam NetworkManager[734]: <error> [1348857522.661199] [nm-vpn-connection.c:1405] get_secrets_cb(): Failed to request VPN secrets #2: (6) No agents were available for this request.
Comment 2 Dan Williams 2012-09-28 14:48:27 EDT
The "Failed to request VPN secrets: no agents" means that neither GNOME Shell's network applet, or nm-applet, were running, or that  neither of them had any secrets to provide.  Check ~/.xsession-errors for stuff that looks like NM.

In reality, I think we probably just need an NM-openvpn update.

One more thing to try:

systemctl stop NetworkManager
NetworkManager -no-daemon --log-level=debug --log-domains=core,device,hw,vpn,agents

which will spew a lot, but has info about what agents actually register with NM to provide secrets.
Comment 3 Adam Williamson 2012-09-28 14:48:46 EDT
further notes: nothing seems to show up in xsession-errors for any kind of attempt to init the connection. 'nmcli con list' as user shows no connections; as root it shows all connections. 'nmcli con up uuid 9725a88c-ff5c-400e-9c1c-3dccfee33038' as user says that's an unknown connection, as root triggers the 'no valid VPN secrets' error. right now, trying to bring up the connection via the Shell menu doesn't show the 'no valid VPN secrets' error, it simply fails completely silently.
Comment 4 Adam Williamson 2012-09-28 14:50:05 EDT
Back in .xsession-errors I do have one line from nm-applet:

(nm-applet:1655): Gdk-WARNING **: nm-applet: Fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server :0.

what would the process name for 'GNOME Shell's network applet' be?
Comment 5 Dan Williams 2012-09-28 15:22:12 EDT
Anyone who's running into this give:


a shot and let me know if it works.  Restarting GNOME Shell (Alt + F2, then r and Return) after installing the update is a good idea as well, just to rule out the shell being weird.  No restarted required, BTW.
Comment 6 Adam Williamson 2012-09-28 16:22:58 EDT
With GNOME 3.6.0 and that NM-openvpn build, things start working OK for me.
Comment 7 Adam Williamson 2012-10-01 00:10:38 EDT
Well, that one time it worked, but actually seems not fully fixed. I just tried connecting again, I've probably rebooted in between, and got:

Sep 30 21:07:00 adam NetworkManager[739]: <error> [1349064420.678140] [nm-vpn-connection.c:1405] get_secrets_cb(): Failed to request VPN secrets #2: (6) No agents were available for this request.

in /var/log/messages , again. No error message. I then tried restarting NetworkManager.service to see if that would help, it just makes things worse...the GNOME panel network icon now shows the 'disconnected' x (though actually the connection is up and running, and the GNOME control center Network applet reports this) and the OpenVPN connection is not present in the panel menu or the applet at all.
Comment 8 Jamie Duncan 2013-04-16 01:21:17 EDT
I'm running into this now, out of the blue. Is there any movement on it? The koji build in C#5 has been deleted.
Comment 9 John Dennis 2013-05-30 21:37:12 EDT
FWIW I also just got hit by this on F18 (x86-64), also seemingly out of the blue. Any suggestions?
Comment 10 Adam Williamson 2013-05-30 21:39:59 EDT
it's been fine for me in f18 and f19 lately, fwiw.
Comment 11 John Dennis 2013-05-30 22:06:19 EDT
I think my problem was actually the one in bug #888068. I had restarted NetworkManager and vpnc does not handle that well. After rebooting the problem went away.
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