Not able to Edit server.conf file

February 25, 2016 4.4k views
Ubuntu Getting Started Applications Deployment Linux Commands

I’m trying to install openvpn to my droplets .
I have successfully installed both openvpn and easy-rsa

apt-get  install openvpn easy-rsa

But when it comes to editing the server.conf file, that’s where I get stuck.
Once I run this command to open the server.conf with Vim editor:

vim /etc/openvpn/server.conf

I’m getting a black screen with blue ‘dashes’ (-) all the way to the bottom
E35: NO previous regular expression.

Kindly let me know where I’m going wrong.

Note: The problem started when I entered an SSH key on a different droplet.

2 Answers

It looks like you’re missing a step here. You are currently seeing those dashes indicating that those lines don’t exist as you are creating a new blank file. The default install of openvpn does not create a server.conf file in /etc/openvpn. You’ll need to grab the sample config file from elsewhere in the filesystem where it is compressed.

gunzip -c /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/sample-config-files/server.conf.gz > /etc/openvpn/server.conf

This guide will assist you.

by James
OpenVPN is a full-featured open source Secure Socket Layer (SSL) VPN solution that accommodates a wide range of configurations. In this tutorial, we'll set up an OpenVPN server on a Droplet and then configure access to it from Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. This tutorial will keep the installation and configuration steps as simple as possible for these setups.

Thanks. let me try that.

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