[rancid] Re: FreeBSD 7.2 & rancid/expect/tcl ports

David Paul Zimmerman dpz at berkeley.edu
Thu Sep 10 01:32:49 UTC 2009

Hi, Joon.  Glad to hear from you!

When RANCID would hang, it would generally exhibit symptoms that were  
consistent with http://www.shrubbery.net/rancid/#osystems.  The RANCID  
run would be stuck up through one specific device's expect/tcl  
execution, which would require "kill"ing the youngest child in that  
process tree.  I wasn't experiencing the problem before this  
particular upgrade, but have experienced it in the past during  
attempted port refreshes; in those cases, I couldn't proceed forward  
until I either backed out of the expect and tcl port upgrades, or  
found some expect/tcl combination that allowed me to make some forward  
progress (if not to exactly the versions I wanted).

Looking at the Web page I referred to earlier, it appears that the  
expect 5.44 issues it discusses may be fixed, at least in the  
combination of OS and ports that I'm currently on.


On Sep 3, 2009, at 1:46 PM, Joon Yun wrote:

> Hello Mr. Zimmerman,
> Just out of curiosity, what exactly happened when RANCID used to  
> hang for you and did it just go away when you upgraded or did you  
> actually discover a bug and it got fixed?
> I hope you and the rest of gnag are doing well.
> Regards,
> Joon Yun
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net [mailto:rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net 
> ] On Behalf Of David Paul Zimmerman
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2009 1:11 PM
> To: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
> Subject: [rancid] FreeBSD 7.2 & rancid/expect/tcl ports
> Hi,
> Sometimes I wish I was able to refer to a message that would get me  
> out of a jam, so I thought I'd share the results of an upgrade I've  
> just finished to my RANCID servers:
> FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p3
> rancid-2.3.2               Really Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ
> expect-nox11-   A sophisticated scripter based on tcl/tk
> tcl-8.4.19_3,1             Tool Command Language
> All seems to be working well, no RANCID hangs since the upgrade on  
> August 10th.
>       dp

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