[rancid] RANCID - Password Error using Telnet on Cisco Switch

JP xq1xq1xq1 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 16:42:28 UTC 2016

Setting up RANCID on CENTOS6

in .cloginrc I put this line:

add password x.x.x.45 {xxxxxx!} {xxxxxx!}

When I try and test my password configuration it fails:

[rancid at tools rancid]$ /usr/libexec/rancid/clogin x.x.x.45
spawn telnet x.x.x.45
Trying x.x.x.45...
Connected to x.x.x.45.
Escape character is '^]'.

User Access Verification

% Bad passwords

Error: Check your passwd for x.x.x.45

My password works fine when I enter it manually.

My password contains a " ! " character - could this be causing the problem?

I removed the " ! " with the same results.

I am sure it is something simple - guidance appreciated!
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