[rancid] Doubling characters on some devices

Walt Howd walthowd at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 23:08:47 UTC 2012

The pager is disabled successfully at logon. I tried "show version" through clogin on the two problematic devices as well as several others. 

The two devices in question have the largest config (at 104K) and third largest config (at 64K) in my environment.

I also apologize for the double posting of my original message.

Example clogin:

rancid at rancid:~$ bin/clogin -c 'show version' 4507-1
spawn telnet 4507-1
Connected to 4507-1 (
Escape character is '^]'.

WARNING: All systems are monitored.
Unauthorized access to this system is prohibited.
Violators are subject to all criminal and civil penalties.

User Access Verification

Username: switchuser
4507-1#terminal length 0
4507-1#show version
Cisco IOS Software, Catalyst 4500 L3 Switch Software (cat4500-ENTSERVICESK9-M), Version 12.2(40)SG, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Wed 07-Nov-07 18:00 by prod_rel_team
Image text-base: 0x10000000, data-base: 0x11ADF0B8

ROM: 12.2(20r)EW1
Dagobah Revision 226, Swamp Revision 34

4507-1 uptime is 26 weeks, 1 day, 8 hours, 2 minutes
Uptime for this control processor is 26 weeks, 1 day, 8 hours, 10 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System restarted at 08:50:05 CDT Tue Aug 9 2011
System image file is "bootflash:cat4500-entservicesk9-mz.122-40.SG.bin"

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cisco WS-C4510R (REDACTED) processor (revision 4) with 524288K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID REDACTED
MPC8245 CPU at 400Mhz, Supervisor V
Last reset from PowerUp
2 Virtual Ethernet interfaces
48 FastEthernet interfaces
290 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
511K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

Configuration register is 0x2

Connection closed by foreign host.
rancid at rancid:~$

Walt Howd
Network Manager
Information Technology Services
Truman State University
100 East Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501

On Feb 8, 2012, at 3:22 PM, heasley wrote:

> Wed, Feb 08, 2012 at 01:26:41PM -0600, Walt Howd:
>> I'm running rancid 2.3.6-8 with expect on Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS 32bit. 
>> I'm backing up configurations on approximately 200 devices without issues but two devices will sometimes double or omit a character on one or more lines. Example:
> Is the pager succcessfully disabled at login?  test with
> 	clogin -c 'show version' hostname
>> diff --git a/cisco/configs/4507-1 b/cisco/configs/4507-1
>> index 97a63fc..30c6d3e 100644
>> --- a/cisco/configs/4507-1
>> +++ b/cisco/configs/4507-1
>> @@ -2915,7 +2915,7 @@
>> interface GigabitEthernet6/22
>> switchport port-security maximum 4
>> switchport port-security
>> storm-control broadcast level 10.00
>> - sstorm-control action shutdown
>> + storm-control action shutdown
>> spanning-tree portfast
>> ! 
>> <snip>
>> @@ -4704,7 +4704,7 @@
>> interface GigabitEthernet9/41
>> switchport mode access
>> switchport block multicast
>> switchport block unicast
>> - switchport port-security maximumm 4
>> + switchport port-security maximum 4
>> switchport port-security
>> storm-control broadcast level 10.00
>> storm-control action shutdown
>> I've looked through the archives but havent' found others experiencing this problem. My rancid.conf is below:
>> TERM=network;export TERM
>> umask 027
>> TMPDIR=/tmp; export TMPDIR
>> BASEDIR=/var/lib/rancid; export BASEDIR
>> PATH=/usr/lib/rancid/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin; export PATH
>> LOGDIR=$BASEDIR/logs; export LOGDIR
>> RCSSYS=git; export RCSSYS
>> PAR_COUNT=3; export PAR_COUNT
>> LIST_OF_GROUPS="cisco"
>> I've turned on NOPIPE and also turned PAR_COUNT down to 3 but the issue still randomly occurs. 
>> I have also tested manually pulling configs (via TFTP) from the problematic switches and have not found any unexpected differences. 
>> Walt Howd
>> Network Manager
>> Information Technology Services
>> Truman State University
>> 100 East Normal Street
>> Kirksville, MO 63501
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