[rancid] Re: Cisco ASA 8.2 software - changes....

Sam.Holley at gtri.gatech.edu Sam.Holley at gtri.gatech.edu
Fri May 29 12:11:47 UTC 2009

We to were having the same issue, we did the following to Rancid to keep it from reporting on the file every time it was updated. So far, working like a champ.

The correct part to edit is the ShowFlash function between ~lines 564 and 577.  I added one line under this one:

/\s+vlan\.dat$/ && next;

to look like this:

/\s+vlan\.dat$/ && next;

/.*coredumpinfo.*/ && next;

It now ignores any lines in the flash drive directory listing that contain "coredumpinfo".  The '.*' before and after are probably not necessary but it was added.


From: rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net [mailto:rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net] On Behalf Of Peter Serwe
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:59 PM
To: Justin Shore
Cc: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: [rancid] Re: Cisco ASA 8.2 software - changes....

Anybody running a configuration management system that checks the same things is going to log the change,
it just so happens that rancid is particularly complete about checking for differences.

For that matter, rancid isn't really a full-fledged configuration management system, but most of what anyone really
wants to use one for is encompassed in rancid's functionality.  Any functioning configuration differ that is as complete
as rancid would pick up the changes, it just so happens that most people don't run one, or look at the diffs, because
the rest of them don't email out the changes like rancid does out of the box.

I haven't noticed, FWIW, the same behavior in the 7.2.4 branch.


On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM, Justin Shore <justin at justinshore.com<mailto:justin at justinshore.com>> wrote:
Justin Shore wrote:
> I'll put a call into TAC next week and raise hell about this.  There's
> no excuse for this file's timestamp to be hit every time someone does a
> 'show run' (which is apparently the trigger for this "feature").
I opened my case with TAC last week and asked for it to be escalated to
the DE folks.  My TAC engineer ran the case up the flagpole for me and
this issue is now acknowledged to be and is officially logged as a bug.
 The BugID is CSCsz85597.


My engineer suggested downgrading to the latest 8.0.4 interim release as
a temporary workaround while the DE folks address the bug and work it
into a maintenance release, hopefully for 8.2.  It should be a really
simple fix so hopefully it doesn't take too long.  The engineer said
that at least one other person is now attached to this bug and they too
were running RANCID.


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