[strongSwan] Converting ipsec.conf to swanctl.conf

Andreas Steffen andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
Thu Feb 25 19:13:24 CET 2016

Hi Michael,

the name of <child> can be freely chosen. If you have a single CHILD_SA
then you could name it the same as <conn>. With multiple CHILD_SAs each
SA has a name of its own. As you correctly noticed "leftsubnet" equals
"local_ts" and "rightsubnet" is "remote_ts".

With swanctl you start the CHILD_SA:

   swanctl --inititate --child <child>

but you can terminate the CHILD_SA only:

   swanctl --terminate --child <child>

or the IKE_SA with all dependent CHILD_SAs:

   swanctl --terminate --ike <conn>

Best regards


On 25.02.2016 11:45, Michael Lipp wrote:
> Thanks a lot. I admit that I could have found this, if I had thought of
> the "config setup" section as actually NOT being related to connections.
> Here's another one:
> What does "leftsubnet" in ipsec.conf map to in swantctl.conf?
> I think it may be "connections.<conn>.children.<child>.local_ts", but I
> have no idea what value to use for "<child>". The examples use "net",
> but I don't understand where this value comes from. If there were
> several "connections.<conn>.children.<child>" sections with different
> "<child>" values, which one would be used? What's the criterion?
>   - Michael
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Andreas Steffen                         andreas.steffen at strongswan.org
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Institute for Internet Technologies and Applications
University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
CH-8640 Rapperswil (Switzerland)

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