[rancid] New Device - Ligowave PTP-5N

Charles van der Spuy charlesvds at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 17 14:35:46 UTC 2013


Thanks for the outline and words of encouragement.
I'm sure I'll be back for more before too long.


On 2013-09-17 01:40 PM, Alan McKinnon wrote:
> On 17/09/2013 13:32, Charles van der Spuy wrote:
>> I am about to start the adventure of writing the necessary scripts to
>> add a new device to the current collection.
>> I am supporting a client who requires his bridge radio links backed up
>> as well as router configs.
>> I will be hoping to add Ligowave, Radwin and Strix devices to the mix.
>> Firstly, if anybody has done any of the above, I would love to piggyback
>> on what you have already done if you are willing to share.
>> Otherwise, any words of wisdom on the approach I should take would be
>> welcome.
>> I hope that from this exercise I can write some kind of 'Adding Rancid
>> Devices for Dummies' to make all our lives easier.
> First thing is to explore the device and get a very firm grip in your
> mind how it works. Log into it and observe how it does this process, run
> the commands that give you back the useful config and note places where
> the device gives you anything back other than pure ASCII separated by
> newlines.
> What you want to achieve is a good mental picture of how much it
> deviates from the general Cisco way of doing things (rancid is very
> Cisco-centric in it's design, you have to take this into account).
> The only really clever part then is a *login script that does the right
> thing, followed by the config parser. This last bit is mostly drudge
> work consisting of lots of subs that themselves consist of lots of
> regular expressions (read the "rancid" script to get the sense of it)
> If it turns out these devices are hugely different from Cisco's
> approach, then you have your work cut out for you and should probably
> find some other similar device with rancid support and use that as a base.
> I can't be of much more help than this, I've never worked on your
> devices. Everything I have is rather Cisco-like.
>> Ah well, off to read my Expect Primer.
>> Charles van der Spuy.
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