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As openvpn needs root privileges to set routes or ip addresses for an interface it is very uncommon to run it as a user, if possible at all. But the command not found is a simple PATH topic. Check sudo which openvpn where root calls the binary. Normally openvpn lives in /usr/sbin, a location for daemon programs, that are started as root and possible ...


I don't believe that there's any specific command to do a syntax check, but you can run openvpn in the foreground, which should show the specific error: openvpn --config /path/to/server.conf

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