[rancid] Gathering switch information via SNMP or web interfaces

heasley heas at shrubbery.net
Mon Feb 15 21:46:11 UTC 2016

Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 08:30:19PM +0100, Lars Kruse:
> Hello,
> currently I am involved with the maintenance of a dozen switches (Netgear
> GS724T, Netgear GS728TP and Netgear GS748T).
> I would like to distribute notifications to our small group of administrators
> after a switch configuration change was made by one of us.
> As far as I understand RANCID, I assume that it could be used for this purpose.
> Sadly our switches do not allow commandline access (ssh or telnet). They offer
> only a web interface and SNMP.
> I took a quick look at the rancid code and came to the conclusion that it uses
> expect for all its operations. Thus I could imagine that it only works with
> switches with commandline interfaces.
> Please correct my assumptions above, if necessary.
> I am prepared to write some code (extending RANCID or writing single-purpose
> scripts for our environment).
> But I cannot judge if it is possible (and desirable) to extend RANCID in a way
> to would allow the gathering of information via SNMP or web interfaces (with all
> the related complications of sessions and/or cookies).
> Would someone please share some thoughts regarding this approach?

Yes, I would like to add something to do this, preferably maintaining the
current organization or process so that it is not disjoint.  I have just
not found the time to work on it.

> Thank you for your time!
> Cheers,
> Lars
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