[rancid] RANCID/clogin context-change FWSM/ASA

Lee Rian (CENSUS/TCO FED) lee.e.rian at census.gov
Tue Nov 17 15:51:38 UTC 2015

> What could be the problem here?

RANCID looks for the prompt.  If it doesn't see it you get a timeout

I'm going to guess the problem is the prompt is different in the system context.  I just tried it & got:

asaname/admin> ena
Password: ****************
asaname/admin# changeto context system

& no, sorry, I don't know how to deal with the prompt changing on you like that.



From: Rancid-discuss <rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net> on behalf of christian.filips at tu-dortmund.de <christian.filips at tu-dortmund.de>
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:26 AM
To: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: [rancid] RANCID/clogin context-change FWSM/ASA

Hello all!

I have the problem to change the context after login into a Cisco FWSM.

This is my clogin-command:


rancid at host:$  /usr/lib/rancid/bin/clogin -c 'terminal pager 0; changeto context system;sh running-config;exit' asa-address


spawn ssh -c 3des -x -l cisco_login asa-address

login at asa-address's password:

Type help or '?' for a list of available commands.

asa-address/admin> enable



asa-address/admin# terminal length 0


ERROR: % Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

asa-address/admin# terminal width 132


ERROR: % Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

asa-address/admin#  terminal pager 0

asa-address/admin#  changeto context system

Error: TIMEOUT reached

rancid at host:$


The timeout appears at nearly 45 seconds.


I tried to find out something with the -d option, but it looks ok.

I could mail, if useful, the output also.


I ran this on a ASA 5585, and it works fine there!

Also for our Switches (without context-change ;-)).

What could be the problem here?

Thanks for help or new ideas!



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