[rancid] Re: Problem with "add method" (Linux)

john heasley heas at shrubbery.net
Thu Jul 24 20:19:58 UTC 2008

Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 10:19:26AM -0700, Dale Shaw:
> Hi,
> I'm running up rancid 2.3.2a7 on Knoppix Linux (kernel 2.6.19) and am
> having some trouble getting 'clogin' to try multiple access methods.
> I have a really simple config at the moment:
>  add user * {testuser}
>  add userpassword * {Passw0rd}
>  add password * {nothing} {s3cret123}
>  add method * {ssh} {telnet}
> clogin attempts to connect to devices using SSH, then, after the
> default 45 second timeout (in this case when attempting to connect to
> a device without SSH enabled), gives up completely without trying
> telnet. If I swap the methods around so that telnet is first (or just
> comment out the "add method" line), it works because the device
> accepts the connection. If I change the telnet port to something
> non-standard, it tries telnet on the non-standard port but never tries
> SSH.
> It seems basic enough that I figure I must be doing something really dumb.
> Any clues?

you're box is filtering; ie: if theres no ssh listening you'd normally
get a fail response and no 45sec timeout.  this looks to clogin as if
the device is unreachable, instead of ssh not answering.

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