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Ubuntu 17.10 and CiscoAnyconnect



If you are running Ubuntu 17.10 and fail to install/start Cisco Anyconnect (version

sudo apt install libpangox-1.0-0

fixed it for me.

The whole story

To login into the virtual private network (VPN) of my university you need to install CiscoAnyconnect.

So I downloaded the installer from the university page and installed it


(Actually this is not the latest version. On the Cisco page you can find version 4.5.02036 but I don't know if this changes anything.)

After the installation an icon "Cisco Anyconnect" appeared in my starter but nothing happend when I clicked the icon. No new window, no error message, nothing.

So I had a closer look:

There was a log file in /tmp/ which told me that the everything was installed to /opt/cisco/anyconnect/.

If you cd to /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin and run


you can configure your VPN using the command line.

So it looks like there is something broken with the ui. Nevertheless, for me this workaround fixes all my problems.

But maybe we can fix the ui, too.

In /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin there is a file called vpnui. Let's give it a try:

./vpnui: error while loading shared libraries: libpangox-1.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

So now we have an error message!

Let's see how to fix this:

apt search libpangox
Sorting... Done
Full Text Search... Done
libpangox-1.0-0/artful 0.0.2-5 amd64
  pango library X backend

libpangox-1.0-dev/artful 0.0.2-5 amd64
  pango library X backend - development files

libpangoxft-1.0-0/artful,now 1.40.12-1 amd64 [installed]
  Layout and rendering of internationalized text

Looks like libpangox-1.0-0 is what we're looking for.

sudo apt install libpangox-1.0-0

And … it works! ./vpnui as well as the "Cisco Anyconnect" starter will let you configure your VPN.


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