[rancid] Gathering switch information via SNMP or web interfaces

Incudie incudie at gmail.com
Wed Feb 17 00:43:27 UTC 2016

I've been working on something similar for Sonicwalls using python and
selenium. Perhaps you can have selenium call up Firefox into xvfb (to keep
it headless), connect to your device and download the config, then pipe the
config into rancid using the wraprancid script mentioned.

Hopefully I'm understanding your correctly.

On Feb 15, 2016 11:55 AM, "Lars Kruse" <lists at sumpfralle.de> wrote:

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