[rancid] Re: distributed RANCID setup

John Adams jadams at eline.com
Tue Oct 17 19:24:24 UTC 2006

You should be able to implement this pretty easily if you can get all of
your remote sites to access the CVS server. Instead of checking in the cvs
tree locally, you set CVSROOT To be the remote CVS server, and checkin/out
from there.

You can also run CVS over ssh with shared keys for additional security.

Read here for details on using CVS over SSH.


If you can't do this and you have to resync all of the repositories with the
master one by hand, it's going to involve quite a bit of scripting and work.


On 10/17/06 9:13 AM, "William" <willay at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi list,
> Has anyone implemented RANCID where the collectors are distributed?
> We currently have FreeBSD boxes dotted around sites for management
> purposes, with a central server that sits in our office and can
> communicate with each stub server. Currently our central server does
> all the RANCID/CVS work, however, there are some devices that we
> cannot reach for reasons out of my control.
> What I would like to do is have each stub server access the devices
> within its reach, keeping its own repository then sync with the
> central whenever possible, meaning we can check our local (central)
> server to us to check configs but also not miss that critical config
> change when our links are down to our various stub servers.
> Setups/configs/comments/papers/man pages/clues are all appreciated,
> Thank you for your time.
> Regards,
> Will
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