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30.05.2006 20:13

Cisco vpnclient Bug (Cannot secure command line arguments)

Who is stupid? Me or the Cisco vpnclient for Linux? WTF...

I got this error message several times in the past, but did always work around it by using Citrix Web Access instead of the VPN tunnel to connect to my company. Once I tried to track it down using strace and some other magic, but I didn't succeed, so I gave it up.

One hour ago, I was at the CCV and used the vpnclient since 8am in the morning and it did work all the time. Now that I'm at home, it complains with this error message. Needless to say, I didn't change anything on the configuration of my laptop.

It seems to have something todo with the user's (root's) environment and therefore I tried to work around this problem by using sudo. And well, it works, but can anybody please explain the difference to me?

tuxxpad:~# vpnclient connect Landeskrankenhaus_Villach
fdopen: Invalid argument
Cannot secure command line arguments.
tuxxpad:~# sudo vpnclient connect Landeskrankenhaus_Villach
Cisco Systems VPN Client Version 4.7.00 (0640)
Copyright (C) 1998-2005 Cisco Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Client Type(s): Linux
Running on: Linux #13 Mon May 29 14:59:30 CEST 2006 i686
Config file directory: /etc/opt/cisco-vpnclient

Initializing the VPN connection.
What is the difference in using sudo when I'm already root?

30.05.2006 06:59

Kart City Race in Villach

The IT department at work has decided to participate in the Kart City Race in Villach this year. More then 40 teams from different countries (most teams are from Austria) try to win the Kart Race in DownTown Villach. Of course, we also want to win and therefore we've put a simple website online with some information about our training sessions and lots of pictures. So if you're interested, have a look (unfortunately, due to lack of time, the website is only available in german language).


02.05.2006 23:25

WLAN for our guests...

First of all: I'm currently in Vienna attending a course for "Implementing and Managing VMware ESX Server and Virtual Center Software".
As Vienna is about five hours (by train) away from my hometown, I had to book a hotel in Vienna. My demands on a hotel room are not very fancy. I don't mind if it's a three/four/five/ten-star hotel, I don't mind if the breakfast also includes warm meals, like f.ex. ham and eggs, as I don't really need much more for breakfast than 2+ coffees and cigarettes. What is most important for me, is to have internet access and therefore I searched the web for matching hotels and found the Austria Trend Hotel Anatol in 1060 Vienna, which offers the following on their website:
All rooms are equipped with a bath or shower, hair dryer, cosmetic mirror,
direct-dial telephone, mini bar and cable TV, and their technology is
state-of-the-art: WLAN Internet and electronic safe (incl. power connection
for recharging laptops) in each room.
For me that sounds like "all inclusive" as the above listed features "shower, cable TV and electronic safe" do not require extra charge. The price for the room is beyond the magic 80€/night border and so I thought, that the WLAN is also all inclusive. Shortly, it's _NOT_.

The WLAN in the whole hotel complex is provided by A1.net and may only be used by paying for it. OK, I would pay for it, but I will definetly _NEVER_EVER_ again pay 6€/30mins internet access (I had to do so, because I needed to check some stuff on our servers at work). These expensive 30 minutes start when you first login to their WLAN and stop exactly 30 minutes after your first login time. Hah, very funny. I needed about 5 minutes to check everything and do some modifications and afterwards, I didn't need the internet connection anymore. You can't even divide these 30 minutes up to the three days you are situated in this hotel, you have to consume it at once. Shame on you, A1!

Frustrated by this experience, I went out and had a look for a nice bar with good beer and I found this really cool bar called Ronahi.
After looking around a little bit in this bar, I found a sign where it says "Free WLAN to our guests". Unfortunately, I didn't have my laptop with me, but today, I have and I'm sitting here now for about 2 hours (I'm wondering how long the battery in my thinkpad allows me to stay here) and the summary is:
  • The beer is good (Stiegl)
  • The food is great (I ordered the Tofu salad)
  • And the WLAN is fast and really for free (free also in case of freedom, you are not redirected over any kind of transparent proxy crap that blocks specific ports, etc. I can even establish a VPN connection to my company!)
I can recommend everyone to visit this bar. If I would have known it on the first day I was in Vienna, I would have saved money and nerves...