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FS#59326 - [networkmanager] 1.12.0-1 Opening VPN connections with nm-applet fails

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by David Mehren (davebloggt) - Friday, 13 July 2018, 18:52 GMT
Last edited by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 20:34 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 25
Private No


When I try to connect to a OpenVPN or IPSec VPN using nm-applet it fails with "Cannot specify device when activating VPN"

Additional info:
* Networkmanager version: 1.12.0-1

This has been reported in the Debian bugtracker ( and fixed with

I'm not sure what your policy is, but it might be a sensible idea to include the fix in the arch package?
This task depends upon

Closed by  Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 20:34 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  networkmanager 1.12.2-1
Comment by Archie (I_am_normal) - Friday, 13 July 2018, 22:16 GMT
Same happening here, as well.
Current kernel v. linux-4.17.5-1
If relevant, also using:

Downgrade to networkmanager-1.10.8-1 has fixed it for now.
Comment by Adis Nezirović (adis) - Saturday, 14 July 2018, 15:28 GMT
Same error here, up-to-date Arch system.

My current workaround is to start VPN connection manually:

nmcli connection up "VPN conn name"

Comment by BRUNO GUALDA (bgualda) - Saturday, 14 July 2018, 17:00 GMT
The same error for me, my Arch are up-to-date.

Product versions:

~ ❯❯❯ openvpn --version ✘ 1
OpenVPN 2.4.6 x86_64-pc-linux-gnu [SSL (OpenSSL)] [LZO] [LZ4] [EPOLL] [PKCS11] [MH/PKTINFO] [AEAD] built on Apr 24 2018
library versions: OpenSSL 1.1.0h 27 Mar 2018, LZO 2.10
Originally developed by James Yonan
Copyright (C) 2002-2018 OpenVPN Inc <>
Compile time defines: enable_async_push=no enable_comp_stub=no enable_crypto=yes enable_crypto_ofb_cfb=yes enable_debug=yes enable_def_auth=yes enable_dlopen=unknown enable_dlopen_self=unknown enable_dlopen_self_static=unknown enable_fast_install=yes enable_fragment=yes enable_iproute2=yes enable_libtool_lock=yes enable_lz4=yes enable_lzo=yes enable_management=yes enable_multihome=yes enable_pam_dlopen=no enable_pedantic=no enable_pf=yes enable_pkcs11=yes enable_plugin_auth_pam=yes enable_plugin_down_root=yes enable_plugins=yes enable_port_share=yes enable_selinux=no enable_server=yes enable_shared=yes enable_shared_with_static_runtimes=no enable_small=no enable_static=yes enable_strict=no enable_strict_options=no enable_systemd=yes enable_werror=no enable_win32_dll=yes enable_x509_alt_username=yes with_aix_soname=aix with_crypto_library=openssl with_gnu_ld=yes with_mem_check=no with_sysroot=no

~ ❯❯❯ pacman -Qi networkmanager-openvpn ✘ 130
Name : networkmanager-openvpn
Version : 1.8.4-1
Description : NetworkManager VPN plugin for OpenVPN
Architecture : x86_64
Licenses : GPL
Groups : None
Provides : None
Depends On : libnm libsecret openvpn
Optional Deps : None
Required By : None
Optional For : None
Conflicts With : None
Replaces : None
Installed Size : 1336.00 KiB
Packager : Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) <>
Build Date : Mon 28 May 2018 03:19:46 PM -03
Install Date : Sat 14 Jul 2018 01:38:02 PM -03
Install Reason : Explicitly installed
Install Script : No
Validated By : Signature

~ ❯❯❯ pacman -Qi networkmanager
Name : networkmanager
Version : 1.12.0-1
Description : Network connection manager and user applications
Architecture : x86_64
Licenses : GPL2 LGPL2.1
Groups : gnome
Provides : None
Depends On : libnm-glib iproute2 polkit wpa_supplicant libmm-glib libnewt libndp libteam curl bluez-libs libpsl
Optional Deps : dnsmasq: connection sharing
bluez: Bluetooth support
ppp: dialup connection support [installed]
modemmanager: cellular network support
iwd: wpa_supplicant alternative
Required By : network-manager-applet
Optional For : firefox firefox-developer-edition libproxy
Conflicts With : None
Replaces : None
Installed Size : 11.82 MiB
Packager : Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) <>
Build Date : Fri 29 Jun 2018 05:19:43 PM -03
Install Date : Sat 14 Jul 2018 01:30:44 PM -03
Install Reason : Explicitly installed
Install Script : No
Validated By : Signature

Kernel version
~ ❯❯❯ uname -r ✘ 1

Thanks Adis for your workaround !!
Comment by Johan (fiskhest) - Saturday, 14 July 2018, 23:39 GMT
FWIW, I am getting the same problem while using a cisco-compatible VPN (vpnc) through the nm-applet. I know this configuration worked on an old fedora 26 installation. Manually running 'sudo openconnect <host>' works.

networkmanager 1.12.0-1
networkmanager-vpnc 1.2.4-3
networkmanager-openconnect 1.2.4-3
openconnect 1:7.08-1
Comment by Arthur (Arffeh) - Monday, 16 July 2018, 09:23 GMT
Same issue on an up-to-date arch install, and downgrading to:


and rebooting immediately corrected the issue.
Comment by Didier (dcro95) - Monday, 16 July 2018, 16:03 GMT
Same issue after updating :

When I try to connect OpenVPN, it fails with : "Cannot specify device when activating VPN"

Actual versions :
networkmanager 1.12.0-1
networkmanager-openvpn 1.8.4-1

Problem solved after downgrading to networkmanager 1.10.10-1.

Comment by Rian McGuire (rmcgu) - Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 19:25 GMT
I just upgraded to networkmanager 1.12.2-1 and the problem seems to be resolved.
Comment by Archie (I_am_normal) - Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 19:45 GMT
In addendum to my comment above:
No longer encountering this bug in latest upgrade to `networkmanager 1.12.2-1`. VPN connections are working normally again for me:)
Comment by Johan (fiskhest) - Wednesday, 25 July 2018, 20:33 GMT
Confirm that the bug has been resolved in networkmanager 1.12-2-1