How can I force a tap/tun interface into the running state?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I am trying to capture packets on a tun interface with libpcap. I am creating the interface with: openvpn --mktun --dev tun0 When the adapter is setup it appears as so when I run ifconfig: tun0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 POINTOPOINT NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:100 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B) The adapter needs to be running in order for libpca (HowTos)