Unable to create VPN connection as the Save button is always disabled.

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Also, the Add VPN Connection... option under VPN Connections is disabled.

As per this solution, I tried accessing the nm-connection-editor from the terminal but the problem remained the same. Running the following:

$ sudo nm-connection-editor

Gave me the following error in the terminal:

** Message: vpn: (openvpn,/usr/lib/NetworkManager/VPN/nm-openvpn-service.name) file "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/NetworkManager/libnm-vpn-plugin-openvpn.so" not found. Did you install the client package?
Gtk-Message: GtkDialog mapped without a transient parent. This is discouraged.
** Message: Cannot save connection due to error: Editor initializing...
** Message: Cannot save connection due to error: Invalid setting VPN: IPSec gateway

I checked org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.policy file as per this solution but the allow_inactive was already set to yes.

How can I resolve this issue? Is there any other way to connect to VPN?

  • If you don't mind using other tools, I had similar problems and openconnect worked for me
    – Katu
    Mar 7, 2017 at 14:49
  • @Katu How can I install that? And, will it be useful in my case? Also, I need to mention this, the vpn client that we use in windows is GlobalProtect. I didn't find any alternative for that in linux. Mar 7, 2017 at 15:22

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I had a similar problem. There was also no /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/NetworkManager/libnm-vpn-plugin-openvpn.so file.

The installation of the network-manager-openvpn-gnome package helped.

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