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Re: Interface with GUI agent, was: Re: [Openvpn-devel] [Patch] revoke scripts were broken

  • Subject: Re: Interface with GUI agent, was: Re: [Openvpn-devel] [Patch] revoke scripts were broken
  • From: Brandon Knitter <knitterb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 12:13:14 -0700

Hey there.  James and I had a prior discussion about the systray app offline,
but I thought I'd just poke my head in here.  I'm not a strong Windows
application programmer, but I've been doing a lot of C# these days.

With that in mind, I was gonna whip together a quickie little systray app in C#
which could control the openvpn server.  I know that C# adds the rather large
.NET framework runtime installation, so my app could be considered a prototype
if you would like!

Where do I start?  Are the namedpipe hooks into the OpenVPN service built?  I'm
not too familiar with named pipes on Windows (done a bit on *nix), but I'm sure
it can't be too hard.  I guess what I'd need to know are the command to send to
the named pipe, and also what I can get from the named pipe in regards to status
and such.

Any suggestions?


Quoting James Yonan <jim@xxxxxxxxx>:

> > James, do you put any preferance in what language/environment a gui for
> > OpenVPN is developed in, if you would distribute it together with the main
> > application in the future?
> These are my current thoughts on this:
> * Preferably, the language development tools and environment are open source,
> so there's no impediment to anyone building from source.
> * The total size of included libraries should be reasonable, so it doesn't 
> excessively push up the size of the Windows self-installing exe.
> Having said that, I'm certainly going to be pragmatic here -- if someone puts
> together a great GUI agent that requires Visual C++ to build, I'm not going 
> to belabor the point.
> On the other hand if it's written in Visual Basic and increases the Windows 
> package size by 10 MB then I'm going to have to think twice about actually 
> bundling it.  But if it's up to standard, I'd still link to it from the 
> website in a heartbeat.
> James
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