Problem with openVPN easy-rsa

  • Posted April 16, 2021
  • VPN

following the openVPN tutoria and step two keeps failing on something that seems very elementary, which is that it seems unable to find the file path. the code and error:

./easyrsa init-pki
-bash: ./easyrsa: No such file or directory

things I’ve tried: accessing as a different user, accessing from a different folder (rather than the cd ~/easy-rsa), modifying the vars path (currently it’s only the two lines recommended:

set_var EASYRSA_ALGO "ec"
set_var EASYRSA_DIGEST "sha512"

but I’ve tried that at the bottom, that plus set_var EASYRSA_PKI “$EASYRSA/pki”, and others but nothing happens. I expect this is a super easy item that I’ve missed somewhere, because I can’t find any other stack overflow questions specifically on it, or the like. so if there’s an easy fix that you all expect I’m all ears. thanks kindly.


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Being logged in as the user that you installed Easy-RSA with, check the content of the directory ~/easy-rsa:

ls -la ~/easy-rsa/

As you followed DO tutorial, you should get a couple of symbolic links (symlinks) as a result of the above command. These symlinks lead to the files in the directory /usr/share/easy-rsa/. There should be a symlink to easyrsa script there too. Check the script name. Check whether it exists in the directory /usr/share/easy-rsa/:

sudo ls -la /usr/share/easy-rsa/easyrsa*

Let us know how it is going, pls.

additional info: tried

root@ubuntu:~/easy-rsa# sudo find ~/ -iname "easyrsa"
root@ubuntu:~/easy-rsa# sudo find / -iname "easyrsa"

neither returned anything, which makes me think that I missed an install somewhere but I’ve done:

sudo apt install openvpn easy-rsa
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
easy-rsa is already the newest version (2.2.2-2).
openvpn is already the newest version (2.4.4-2ubuntu1.3).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 16 not upgraded.

which was what every tutorial I’ve seen has…