[rancid] Rancid and Nortel 8600

AJ Schroeder AJ.Schroeder at directsupply.com
Tue Oct 29 14:53:07 UTC 2013


Thanks for the reply. I ran blogin manually against the device and it logs me right in, however after letting it idle about 30 seconds I get the TIMEOUT reached message:

rancid at linux-server:~> bin/blogin host.example.com
spawn ssh -c 3des -x -l rwa host.example.com
rwa at host.example.com's password:

Error: TIMEOUT reached
rancid at linux-server:~>

I may have some fairly aggressive idle timeout configured on the switch, but blogin is successful from the server to the switch. There is no firewall in play either.

As far as .cloginrc I only have these three lines uncommented:

add user        *       user
add password    *       pass
add method      *       ssh telnet



-----Original Message-----
From: rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net [mailto:rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net] On Behalf Of Alan McKinnon
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 2:48 PM
To: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: Re: [rancid] Rancid and Nortel 8600

On 28/10/2013 19:00, AJ Schroeder wrote:
> Hello list,
> I know that this subject has come up many times before and I have been 
> searching for answers on this subject and keep running into dead-ends. 
> I am trying to backup some old 8600 switches with RANCID and much like 
> the switches themselves, the backups aren't working very well. I have 
> the device set to "baynet" in the router.db file and this is what I 
> get in the logs (names changed to x.x.x.x):
> Trying to get all of the configs.
> x.x.x.x blogin error: Error: TIMEOUT reached

This is your problem. The code is trying to log into the device and it does not succeed. At this point you need to apply regular network troubleshooting techniques as the root cause is usually nothing to do with the rancid code. The "End of run not found" error at this point is not worth looking at further, it means the same as "something went wrong".

It's worth repeating at this point that trying various code dumps that show up in google is unlikely to work well for you, you need to take a more structured approach.

First, telnet or ssh as appropriate from your rancid host to the device, establish if that works. Then assuming that brancid and blogin are the correct scripts for your device type, run blogin manually and see what happens. This can fail in so many ways, for example:

no connectivity between rancid host and device ports 22 and 23 firewalled out device not listening on ports 22 and 23 blogin trying to use an invalid username blogin trying to use an incorrect password and more

Don't forget to check that the contents of your ~/.cloginrc are valid and correct.

Until you have done these steps, there is very little anyone can do to assist you meaningfully.

Alan McKinnon
alan.mckinnon at gmail.com

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