lsmod -> tun 16587 0 - Live 0xbf0e1000

Openvpn error: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun no such file or directory

I tried creating a dummy directory but the error changes to Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: Is a directory.

edit: System: ARM Linux 3.10.0

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/dev/net/tun is character device not file nor directory. Check it with ls command:

ls -lad /dev/net/tun

It shall look like (notice first c):

crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 10, 200 Feb 10 21:38 /dev/net/tun

To fix unload tun module:

rmmod tun

remove /dev/net/tun directory if it exist (directory is marked with d instead of c):

rmdir /dev/net/tun

Reload tun module:

modprobe tun

It shall create character device /dev/net/tun.

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  • I unloaded tun and deleted the /dev/net/tun directory that I created. modprobe tun doesn't work and outputs 'module tun.ko not found'. Instead I loaded the module using insmod. The character device is NOT being created – Luke Feb 18 '19 at 17:29
  • @Luke what kind of system is that? (please add the info in your question, not in comments) – mosvy Feb 18 '19 at 17:36
  • Check system logs (for example dmesg | tail) immediately after loading tun module. Probably it will show some error. – John Doe Feb 18 '19 at 17:38
  • dmesg does not show an error – Luke Feb 18 '19 at 17:58
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    Check if kernel config has DEVTMPFS enabled. If I am not wrong it is responsible for automatic creation of /dev/net/tun. – John Doe Feb 19 '19 at 15:00

This worked for me on Puppy Linux Xenial x64:


Note: If the VPN cannot start for you and you are getting this output:

ERROR: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: No such file or directory (errno=2)

Then do the following:

mkdir -p /dev/net
mknod /dev/net/tun c 10 200
chmod 600 /dev/net/tun
cat /dev/net/tun

If you receive the message:

cat: /dev/net/tun: File descriptor in bad state

That means your TUN/TAP device is ready for use.

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