What happened was, that the network was not set up correctly at the time when openvpn was started.
I appears the DHCP on ethernet is really slow.
So I removed the /etc/rc2.d/S??openvpn file and set up the /etc/network/if-up.d/openvpn file (it was
already there, I just added a few lines) :
if [ "$IFACE" == lo ]; then
# I added this check to not run 2 copies of ovpn , one for lo and one for eth1
# the first (lo) would then hang there and the second would fail as the first
# holds the 1194 port
# I added this to define the config name : /etc/openvpn/gamma.conf
if [ ! -x $OPENVPN ]; then
if [ -n "$IF_OPENVPN" ]; then
$OPENVPN start $IF_OPENVPN
PS: Any idea why I can't post to debian-user ?