[rancid] .cloginrc "master" password

Tobias Brodersen brodersen.mail at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 08:52:31 UTC 2015

Im not sure if this forum is dead, hopefully there is a kind soul here,
whos able to help me with my probably minor problem.

I work as a Network Intern at Aarhus university, and I am currently working
on a project, so that I can add a few commands to our 2500 switches.

I have already installed RANCID on ubuntu, and im able to change config
with this shell script:
for line in $(cat iplist.txt); do sudo /usr/lib/rancid/bin/clogin -x
command.cmds -f /var/lib/rancid/.cloginrc $line; done

I followed this guide to get rancid up and running, and have used Man pages
to get to paste in commands

Which writes commands the commands in command.cmds to all switches in
now my problem is, the way that i authenticate through the switches, is via
the clogin -f command, where the guide i found on ubuntu tells me, that i
have to add username, password, method for all the devices that i want to
connect to. Can i get around that? so that all devies will use a "master"
username, password n method for all.. because i have a list of 2500
switches, and it will take more time, adding specifik login methods for
all, than updating all switches manually.

I hope you guys know what i mean:
Else i will try to explain myself again, my English aint that great.


- Tobias!
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