[rancid] Re: All routers showing as down

David Croft david at infotrek.co.uk
Fri Nov 13 07:45:57 UTC 2009

In WinSCP, when copying the file in either direction, just select
Transfer Settings -> Text.

You could also make this happen automatically by going to Options ->
Preferences -> Transfer -> Presets -> Text -> Edit -> "Automatically
select this preset when", and enter your server hostname and directory

Or by Options -> Preferences -> Transfer -> Transfer mode -> Automatic
and add "; router.db" to that list.


2009/11/13 Nick Hollingsworth <Nick.Hollingsworth at alphawest.com.au>:
>> -----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.
> Regards,
> Nick
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