I'm currently developping a GUI OpenVPN wrapper in Java ( platform is WinXP ).

I'm having a problem when I launch OpenVPN using Java Runtime.getRuntime().exec(), a problem I have been trying to solve for the 2 past days but in vein :yawn:

Here is the code I'm using to launch OpenVPN:

String cmd = "openvpn --config myConfigFile.ovpn --management 9006 --management-query-passwords";

Process v = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);
//.. connect to managemant console, enter username and pass etc
//... capture input stream & output stream to my program etc

Now, from the output and input I capture from the Process v, OpenVPN connects normally with no issues, & I can use & browse the Internet with no problems whatsoever; However, after a while ( <5 mins ), OpenVPN simply stops responding !

I found this in the Java Doc, but I'm not sure if it's related :

The Runtime.exec methods may not work well for special processes on certain native platforms, such as native windowing processes, daemon processes, Win16/DOS processes on Microsoft Windows, or shell scripts.

In my case, OpenVPN is kinda a daemon process. It connects, and keeps running & updating connections when necessary, till it's stopped by the user.

Does anyone have any idea what's happening ?

Is it because Process isn't supposed to launch programs such as OpenVPN ?
or is it a thread-related issue ? ( I tried v.waitFor(); and it froze the whole program )

Is there an alternative way to launch processes such as OpenVPN from Java ?

( By the way, it's not an OpenVPN issue, because when I launch OpenVPN from the Win command line it works perfectly fine, so I'm quite sure it's related to either threading / Process ? )

Thanks in advance for any help !

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Last Post by obdobion

If openvpn writes a lot of output to stdin or stdout it can lock the process. When you say "capture streams" do you mean a Thread that reads them in real-time or just getting a handle to the file? The Thread is required to keep the buffers from filling up in the host system.

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