[vpn-help] Fwd: Re: Starting the GUI

Matthew Grooms mgrooms at shrew.net
Wed Mar 24 11:08:50 CDT 2010

On 3/15/2010 4:34 AM, Albrecht Mehl wrote:
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Betreff: Re: [vpn-help] Starting the GUI
> Datum: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:15:05 +0100
> Von: Albrecht Mehl<mehl at freunde.tu-darmstadt.de>
> An: Matthew Grooms<mgrooms at shrew.net>
> Dear Mr. Grooms,
> thank you for your response.
> Am 15.03.2010 03:25, schrieb Matthew Grooms:
>> On 3/13/2010 1:02 AM, Albrecht Mehl wrote:
>>> With opensuse Linux 11.2 I installed the vpn client
>>> which seems to have been successful. But ... either because your
>>> documentation is too sparse or because I am looking at the wrong places
>>> I cannot get the GUI running to insert the profil already provided by
>>> the intended host:
>>> 001109ea63a6:/home/am/internet/shrewvpn/ike/script # ./iked -F
>>> With or without the -F switch there is an immediate return to the
>>> console prompt.
>>> I thereforwould be most grateful to get a hint on how
>>>     - to get the GUI running and to import the profil
>>>     - to get the connection to the host
>>> Please bear with me for these questions perhaps a bit trivial.
>>    From the sparse documentation ...
>> ================================================================================
>> ================================================================================
>> The main process that handles IKE negotiations is iked and must be run
>> as root.
>> By default, it will detach itself from the terminal and execute as a
>> daemon. To
>> force foreground operation, use the -F switch. A sample configuration
>> file is
>> included in this distribution and will be installed in the etc system
>> configuration directory. The configuration should be suitable to allow for
>> client operation but can also be modified to allow for site to site or
>> client
>> gateway operation as well. See the iked.conf man page for more details.
>> Once the iked process has been launched, the VPN Access Manager application
>> ( ikea ) is used to build remote access client configurations and initiate
>> client connections. When the Access Manager GUI is used to initiate a client
>> connection, a VPN Connect application ( ikec ) process is created. This
>> process
>> interacts with iked to initiate the connection. Please see the online
>> documentation available at http://www.shrew.net for more details.
>> ================================================================================
>> ================================================================================
>> A site configuration contains all the data required to connect to a site
>> using
>> the VPN client tools. These configuration files can be exported or imported
>> using the VPN Access Manager application. The file format used to
>> describe the
>> site configuration is a text ducument that contains one attribute per
>> line with
>> one or more attribute values. The attribute type is denoted by a single
>> charachter field followed by the attribute name field and then by a
>> value. The
>> fields are separated using a colon charachter. For example, the
>> following line
>> describes a string attribute names network-host with a value of
> Unfortunately this does not help as I had read this already before
> trying to start the GUI of the client.  As you can read in the lines
> above where I described my unsuccessful attempts to get the vpn client
> running I used the demon with and without the -F switch which was
> followed by the immediate return to the prompt. There was no GUI
> visible, just the prompt.
> Since I apparently know too few about the client I would be most
> grateful to get a command by command instruction on how to get the GUI
> running in order to import the profile provided by the intended host.
> A. Mehl

As it says in the doc, you run iked which runs in the background. Its 
the key daemon. You then run ikea which is the gui which connects to the 
key daemon.


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