[rancid] Re: All routers showing as down

Nick Hollingsworth Nick.Hollingsworth at alphawest.com.au
Fri Nov 13 03:59:55 UTC 2009

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net [mailto:rancid-discuss-
> bounces at shrubbery.net] On Behalf Of alex dekker
> Sent: Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:25
> To: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
> Subject: [rancid] Re: All routers showing as down
> On Thursday 12 November 2009 08:33:41 john heasley wrote:
> > Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 05:21:19PM +1100, Nick Hollingsworth:
> > >  * logging into the Rancid linux host as root
> > >  * scp'd router.db off
> > >  * modified it
> > >  * scp'd it back on (as root)
> >
> > dollars to donuts; they edited it on a winblows host and it now has
> >  winblows line terminators.
> If you open it in Vim, it will tell you what type of file it is on the status
> line at the bottom. Also, check the permissions/ownership of the file.
> alexd

You nailed it Alex and John - file was in DOS format. Solved it with:

	:set ff=unix 

Now I need to figure out a way for the admins to modify the file without changing the format.  I did some tests - rancid doesn't seem to mind if root owns router.db or that router.db group is root.

So I just need to figure out the optimal way for the admins to edit the file irrelevant of what user they are.

I've also tested the various file formats outputted by Windows editors when opened on a Red Hat machine:

   * notepad, default save, WinSCP upload - unix
   * notepad, default save, opened from linux VM - DOS
   * wordpad, any save, WinSCP upload - DOS

I'm loath to make the admins SSH to the Red Hat box & use Vi or Nano....notepad & WinSCP it is.

Thanks for your help Alex & John.


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