rancid-run man page

rancid-run — run rancid for each of the groups


rancid-run [-V] [-f rancid.conf] [-f rancid.conf] [-m mail_rcpt] [-r device_name] [group [group ...]]


rancid-run is a sh(1) script to run rancid(1) for a set of rancid group(s).

rancid-run reads rancid.conf(5) to configure itself, then uses control_rancid(1) to run rancid(1) for each rancid group.  The set of rancid groups can either be provided as command-line arguments or via the LIST_OF_GROUPS variable in rancid.conf(5), if the group argument is omitted.

A lock file is maintained per-group to prevent simultaneous runs for a given group by rancid-run(1). The lock file will be named .<group>.run.lock and will be located in $TMPDIR (see below).

A log file is produced under $LOGDIR/logs for each rancid group processed.  The file name will be <group>.YYYYMMDD.HHMMSS (year month day . hour minute second).

rancid-run is normally used to run rancid from cron(8). For example:

0 * * * *      /usr/local/rancid/bin/rancid-run

The command-line options are as follows:


Prints package name and version strings.

-f rancid.conf

Specify an alternate configuration file.

-m mail_rcpt

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.

-r device_name

Run rancid for a single device, device_name. device_name should be name, as it appears in a group's router.db.  The device must be marked "up".  If a group is not specified on the command-line, rancid will be run against any group in which the device_name appears.

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.


rancid-run utilizes the following environment variables from rancid.conf(5).


Location of group directories, etc.  This is set to the "localstatedir" by the configure script at installation time.


List of rancid groups to collect.


Search path for utilities.


Directory to hold temporary and lock files.


If rancid fails to run or collect a device's configuration, the particular group's log file (mentioned above) should be consulted.  Any errors produced by the revision control system (CVS, Subversion, or git) or any of the rancid scripts should be included there, whether they be a botched cvs tree, login authentication failure, rancid configuration error, etc. If the log file produces no clues, the next debugging step should be run the commands manually.  For example, can the user who runs rancid login to the device with 'clogin hostname', and so on.



rancid-run configuration file.

See Also

control_rancid(1), rancid.conf(5), router.db(5)


DO NOT leave temporary files in the <group name>/configs directory, they WILL be removed by control_rancid(1).

Referenced By

control_rancid(1), rancid.conf(5), rancid_intro(1), rancid.types.conf(5).

17 December 2014