[Openswan Users] Ipsec auto --up {tunnelname} hangs

Paul Wouters paul at xelerance.com
Wed Jun 18 17:15:45 EDT 2008

> Sometimes, the MPLS router goes offline for a few seconds and then comes
> back to life.  The scripts on both sides notice they can't see the MPLS
> router on the other side and start to bring up the tunnel.  The left side
> brings up the tunnel and properly takes it down when the MPLS router
> comes back alive.  But the right side hangs trying to bring up the
> tunnel.  I think it hangs because the left side deleted the tunnel before
> the right side can fully set it up. 
> So there the right side sits, hung in limbo forever - and that's my
> problem.  I don't know how to break that hang so I can handle the error
> condition.

Are you sure? Because ipsec auto releases the whack after 60 seconds,
giving your script control back.

> Here's my question - what can I do to make sure any ipsec command always
> returns back to me with some kind of status code so I can handle it?

Using --async you get control back immediately, but obviously without
a meaningful status code, as the connection is still being setup while
you get the return code.

You can further tweak timings by setting:


before running ipsec auto --up connmae to tune this to your needs.


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