control_rancid − run rancid for devices of a group
control_rancid [−V] [−f config_file] [−m mail_rcpt] [−r device_name] group
control_rancid is a sh(1) script to parse a group’s router.db(5), run rancid for each of the devices, possibly re-run rancid for devices that failed collection, e-mail diffs, and e-mail error reports.
control_rancid also creates and/or re-creates the .cvsignore/.gitignore files for each group. For the configs sub-directory, it includes ".old", where a user may keep files they would like to be ignored.
The command-line options are as follows:
Prints package name and version strings.
Specify an alternative rancid.conf. The global rancid.conf file is read by rancid-run, which calls control_rancid for each group, and control_rancid reads the group-specific rancid.conf, thereby overriding the global file.
The group-specific rancid.conf may not exist.
Specify the recipient of diff mail, which is normally rancid-<group>. The argument may be a single address, multiple comma separated addresses, or −m may be specified multiple times.
Specify the name, as it appears in the router.db, of a particular device to collect and generate diffs for. The device must be marked "up".
The −r option alters the subject line of the diff mail. It will begin with <group name>/<device name> rather than just the group name alone.
control_rancid is normally (and best) run via rancid-run(1) which provides a locking mechanism on a group basis and saves output in a log file for each group.
rancid-run(1), rancid.conf(5), router.db(5)