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On my Ubuntu 16.04 server, I have the OpenVPN service running as the user nobody. How can I restart the service or reload the config file for the service using, for instance, systemctl?

An openvpn process is running, but I don't know how to access it.

310 nobody    20   0   44440   3184   1968 S  0.0  0.3   1263:30 openvpn

The command su nobody does not work because no password is set. Is there an alternative?

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Try this, I've noticed that restart doesn't work for me.

sudo systemctl stop openvpn@server
sudo systemctl enable openvpn@server.service
sudo systemctl start openvpn@server
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OpenVPN is a templatized service under systemd. The services are named openvpn@config.service. So you should restart your /etc/openvpn/myvpn.conf instance with:

systemctl restart openvpn@myvpn.service
  • The trouble is using systemctl status openvpn@myvpn.service doesn't reveal an active service when doing this under my login or under root user, as I assume the service is running under the nobody user – sumade Aug 20 '17 at 22:30

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