Shrew Soft

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Install Shrew Soft VPN client on Ubuntu 12.10


Step 0: If you already have a working Shrew Soft VPN client, use the 'export' feature to export the configuration settings. This file can easily be imported when the new version is up and running.

Step 1: download shrew soft package here: At the time of writing (01/29/2013) the file is: ike-2.2.0-rc-2.tgz It's not the stable release but works fine as far as I can tell.

Step 2: untar package into a directory and navigate to the folder created called: ike

Step 3: try to prepare for install. Run this command:


Step 4: install dependencies. The initial cmake command failed for me the first two times because I needed to install these dependencies: libedit and qt4

sudo apt-get install libedit-dev
sudo apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-dev libqt4-gui

Step 5: prepare for installation: Run this command again:

cmake .

Followed by:


Step 6: install the application using this command

sudo make install 

Step 7: launch the shrew soft daemon

sudo iked 

Step 8: launch the graphical interface

sudo qikea
sudo qikea &

Step 9: use the import feature or set up a new connection.

Step 10: done


Put the startup script (in ../ike/script/linux/iked) in /etc/init.d and install the script:

cp iked /etc/init.d
cd /etc/init.d
update-rc.d iked defaults

Ignore the warning, "this script has no LSB information". iked will now start at reboot. It is also possible to add the GUI frontend (qikea) to the main menu. It has to run as root. Change /etc/sudoers accordingly. On my own laptop I just added a NOPASSWD: to the admin group. I'm the only user.