[rancid] Re: VLAN portion of rancid-run

Ed Ravin eravin at panix.com
Fri May 30 13:32:27 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 09:32:20AM +0300, Saku Ytti wrote:
> On (2008-05-29 14:52 -0700), john heasley wrote:
> > > > Adding 'terminal width' has concerned me; that it would reveal cisco/other
> > > > platform bugs.  The number of platforms that I have is limited.  Who is
> > > > using this change and with what platforms?

> Anyhow the concern is valid, and as rancid is hugely popular and
> typically upgraded without further testing internally, there is some pressure
> to release software that does not crash all of your network at once.
>  I'm not sure what is best way to address this, one way is to stagnate the
> development 'we have what we need, and it works', one way is to just accept the
> risk in new versions and try to warn users about it and yet another would be to
> call for volunteers testing the changes

But the best way would be to give RANCID a way to let the user easily
change the commands sent to the device, so they could put in
"terminal width <whatever>" if it worked for them.  The inability
to customize RANCID to a site without hand-patching is RANCID's
Achilles heel.

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