On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 3:15 AM, Samuli Seppänen <sam...@openvpn.net> wrote:
> Il 07/02/2018 21:58, David Sommerseth ha scritto:
>> On 07/02/18 20:32, Илья Шипицин wrote:
>>> After auth-token were introduced, when user press "Reconnect", it leads to
>>> auth fail (saved password is forgotten), we run about 1000 users, nobody
>>> complains.
>> This is actually expected, I'd say - but smells like a bug on the server side
>> authentication.
>> Selva may correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding of it when clicking
>> "Reconnect", the local OpenVPN process which caches the auth-token is stopped
>> and a new OpenVPN process is started.  The client should in this case ask for
>> username/password again.  So in this case, the server side should treat this
>> connection as a fresh connection with no initial state.
>> The step of stopping the local client and starting a new and fresh one is
>> definitely not a bad feature to have on clients.
>>> It looks like nobody uses that button.
>>> So, I asked several users, they confirmed they do not use Reconnect.
>> This is no good argument for me.  This is one specific setup with 1000 users.
>> It would be more valuable with 50 different setups having 20 users each.  
>> Your
>> conclusion is based on a very homogeneous environment.
> I agree. I also agree that the underlying problem should be fixed.
> That said, Ilya's message was sent to both openvpn-users and
> openvpn-devel and nobody has screamed "do not remove the Reconnect
> button" :). The only additional thing we can do is post a message to the
> forums. As usual, the only sure way to get feedback (read: complaints)
> is to release the changes in an official build/installer.

Only recently we added a reconnect item to the menu (earlier it was
only available as a button in the status window) for ease of doing
reconnects and based on user requests -- though I can't now find who
asked for it.

I wouldn't take lack of response on the user's list as an indication
that no one uses it. In fact its very handy -- how else will you
restart a connection after editing the config file? Disconnect and
connect again? That would close the status window and lose all
messages in it and also takes a number of mouse clicks because of the
way tray popup menu behaves.

Anyway the purported reason to remove it is totally bogus. Its like
auth-token cant cope with SIGHUP, so let's remove that signal.

Finally, I'm an user too and I use that button all the time, though
mostly for testing. If that counts as a dissenting voice.


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