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rancid.conf - rancid environment configuration file
rancid.conf contains environment configuration information for rancid-
run(1) and rancid(1) including shell PATH, list of rancid groups, etc.
and is read by several scripts at run-time, including rancid-run(1).
The syntax of rancid.conf is that of sh(1). rancid.conf is used to set
environment variables used by other rancid scripts to effect their run-
time behavior or to enable them to find their resources.
The following variables are used (listed alphabetically):
BASEDIR is the directory where rancid-runâ€â€™s log directory and
where the CVS repository and rancid collection group directories
will be placed. Its value is configureâ€™s localstatedir and
should be modified if rancid is moved to a new location in the
file system without re-installing from the distribution.
cvs(1) and rancid-cvs(1) use this environment variable to locate
the CVS repository. It should not be necessary to alter it.
Determines which passwords will be filtered from configs. The
value may be "NO", "YES", or "ALL" to filter none of the
passwords, only those which are reversable or plain-text, or all
(plus ssh keys, etc), respectively.
Note: a value of "NO" could be a security issue since diffs are
sent via e-mail. A value of "ALL" is encouraged.
Note: FILTER_PWDS does not affect the handling of SNMP community
strings. see NOCOMMSTR below.
Note: passwords whose value cycles and would produce erroneous
diffs are always filtered (e.g.: Alteon passwords).
Defines a list of group names of routers separated by white-
space. These names become the directory names in $BASEDIR which
contain the data for that set of devices. rancid-run(1) also
uses this variable to determine which device groups it should
collect. Choose these names to be descriptive of the set of
devices and do not use spaces, unprintable characters, etc.
Example: LIST_OF_GROUPS="UofO USFS"
Two groups are defined; UofO (University of Oregon) and USFS (US
Forest Service). Each will have a directory created (see
rancid-cvs(1)) $BASEDIR/UofO and $BASEDIR/USFS respectively,
which will contain their data.
Each group must also have aliases for the administrative and
diff recipients set-up in /etc/aliases. For example:
Defines the number of hours a groupâ€™s lock file may age before
rancid starts to complain about a hung collection. The default
is 4 hours.
LOGDIR Directory where rancid-run places log files.
Define the domain part of addresses for administrative and diff
e-mail. The value of this variable is simply appended to the
normal mail addresses. For example firstname.lastname@example.org, if
MAILDOMAIN had been set to "@example.com".
If set, rancid(1) will filter SNMP community strings from
configs. Otherwise, they will be retained and may appear in
clear-text in e-mail diffs. By default, this is not set.
NOPIPE If set, rancid(1) will use temporary files to save the output
from the router and then read these to build the file which will
be saved in CVS. Otherwise, an IPC pipe will be used. We have
found that the buffering mechanisms used in perl and expect are
heinous. Using temporary files may result in a noticeable
improvement in speed. By default, this is not set.
Specified as a number of hours, OLDTIME defines how many hours
should pass since a successful collection of a deviceâ€™s
configuration and when control_rancid(1) should start
complaining about failures. The value should be greater than
the number of hours between rancid-run cron runs.
Defines the number of rancid processes that par(1) will start
simultaneously as control_rancid(1) attempts to perform
collections. Raising this value will decrease the amount of
time necessary for a complete collection of a (or all) rancid
groups at the expense of system load. The default is relatively
cautious. If collections are not completing quickly enough for
users, use trial and error of speed versus system load to find a
PATH Is a colon separate list of directory pathnames in the the file
system where rancidâ€™s sh(1) and perl(1) scripts should look for
the programs that it needs, such as telnet(1). Its value is set
by configure. Should it be necessary to modify PATH, note that
it must include /usr//lib/rancid/bin.
TERM Some Unix utilities require TERM, the terminal type, to be set
to a sane value. Some clients, such as telnet(1) and ssh(1),
communicate this to the server (i.e.: the remote device), thus
this can affect the behavior of login sessions on a device. The
default should suffice.
TMPDIR Some Unix utilities recognize TMPDIR as a directory where
temporary files can be stored. In some cases, rancid utilizes
this directory for lock files and other temporary files.
Each of these are simply environment variables. In order for them to
be present in the environment of child processes, each must be
exported. See sh(1) for more information on the built-in command
rancid.conf is interpreted directly by sh(1), so its syntax follows
that of the bourne shell. Errors may produce quite unexpected results.
Configuration file described here.
control_rancid(1), rancid(1), rancid-cvs(1), rancid-run(1)
In RANCID releases prior to 2.3, rancid.conf was named env and located
in the bin directory. This was changed to be more consistent with
common file location practices.
12 Mar 2004 rancid.conf(5)