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[Bug 445153] vpnc cannot connect
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  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 02:17:29 -0700 (MST)
  • Message-id: <20090119091729.8F4ECCC7CD@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

User seife@xxxxxxxxxx added comment

--- Comment #12 from Stefan Seyfried <seife@xxxxxxxxxx> 2009-01-19 02:17:28
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(In reply to comment #11)

No, please, don't break it! I've found a working component of openSUSE at
and you want replace it?

This is why I warned you that you should keep the rpm of your now working
package around ;-)

And it really seems to be a heisenbug - the package in 11.1 was last changed
January 17. _2008_, so there is no real reason for it suddenly working in 11.1
final, after it not working in the betas. It was probably recompiled, and maybe
fixes in libgcrypt, which is used by vpnc, got in, but it still seems unlikely.

But - to speak seriously - how does the factory affect the stable version?

It does not at all, unless I would submit the new version for a 11.1 online
update. I will not do this, because I assume that it will break more stuff than
it might fix (the FACTORY version is from an experimental SVN branch, after
all) and because I do not know enough about vpnc to judge if that would be a
safe thing to do.
You can of course try the newer version from my buildservice repo
home:seife:Factory/vpnc, it is also built for 11.1 there.

openSUSE 11.1.) I thought, that the FACTORY is the repository which eventually
becomes the next version. Anyway, in spite of the fact that I mass-produce the
bugreports, only a few fixes find their way to the version I made the report
for. Status is changed to fixed, but I usually don't benefit from it. OK, I
enough of complaining. Finally I accepted that the whole openSUSE thing is
a testbed for SLES/SLED and Novell endorsed upstream development.

To go a little bit off-topic here :-)
vpnc is actually special, because it is reverse-engineered software that works
with the partially proprietary protocol extensions that Cisco and other vendors
use. Even on the upstream mailing list, success reports are mixed with "it does
not work at all" and often, all one can do is to try fixing it and submitting a

I for myself know nothing about vpnc - and I do not even use it. I just saved
the package from being dropped from the distribution, because I had added
Support for nortel gateways, which some of my colleagues need, and I did not
want that work to vanish into the void. So voila - I was the new package
maintainer :-)

I hope this explains the situation a bit.
If you are really interested in using vpnc, it would probably be a good idea to
work together with the vpnc developers on the upstream code base, which will
then automatically result in a better package for openSUSE (and every other
distro out there, which is the real benefit).


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