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I have my own OpenVPN server that works, however every time I run the client from the terminal I'm stuck with it open -- if I close it the connection will drop. I tried forking it with & however that won't work as you're required to input the username and password for the server.

Does anyone know how to solve this?

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How are you trying to connect? Can you paste the sample command? –  devav2 Oct 8 '12 at 17:47
    
sudo openvpn --config ~/.vpn/client.ovpn –  Alex Oct 8 '12 at 17:50
    
Does it drop the connection if you background it manually after passing in your credentials with ^Z and then issue bg to bash? –  taneli Oct 9 '12 at 11:37
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