[strongSwan] charon too long to start...

Andreas Steffen andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
Wed Nov 17 21:56:12 CET 2010

Probably XFRM is not enabled in the kernel. Have look at the list
of kernel modules which have to be activated:




On 11/17/2010 08:51 PM, Zorgh wrote:
> Hi,
> I got error "charon too long to start... - kill kill". Can somebody help
> me to fix it ?
> I'm using Debian Lenny and StrongSwan 4.2.4.
> Thanks so much.
> _The log information_:
> /# ipsec start --nofork
> Starting strongSwan 4.2.4 IPsec [starter]...
> 01[DMN] starting charon (strongSwan Version 4.2.4)
> 01[DMN] killing daemon: unable to bind XFRM event socket
> charon has died -- restart scheduled (5sec)
> charon refused to be started/

Andreas Steffen                         andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
strongSwan - the Linux VPN Solution!                www.strongswan.org
Institute for Internet Technologies and Applications
University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
CH-8640 Rapperswil (Switzerland)

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