[rancid] Groups

Alan McKinnon alan.mckinnon at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 20:50:14 UTC 2013

On 13/09/2013 21:24, Ryan Milton wrote:
> I have been getting no emails from Rancid, while I am getting cvs
> updates (when I logon to the web). I tested the mail send application
> (exim4), and it is sending mail.
> Would I not get a message because the rancid-run is timing out (I get
> TIMEOUT errors in /var/log/rancid messages)
> I’m trying to see if I have a problem here or not.

out of the box, rancid sends two kinds of mails: diffs and admin

diffs are just that, diffs when config changes

admin is notice of routers added and removed, plus notices of routers
that haven't been contacted for X number of hours (set in rancid.conf)

rancid does not by default spam you with alerts about timeouts. This
makes sense - presumably you have proper monitoring systems in place and
there is no need for rancid to add to the noise.

Check your mail logs to see if a) rancid did send any mails and b) what
happened to them. There can be many reasons for lack of mail, ranging
from no config changes have happened yet on your systems, to mail is
getting lost, and lots of other things in between. I think you need to
do more conventional Unix troubleshooting and gather information before
anyone here can really help you properly with specifics.

On the whole, you seem to be having an inordinate amount of trouble with
rancid, this is highly unusual. The software routinely builds and
installs just fine without any of these permission problems you are
having. I suspect you have a faulty installation of rancid.

How exactly did you install it? Did you follow the README, or do it some
other way?

Alan McKinnon
alan.mckinnon at gmail.com

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