[rancid] problem with rancid crontab

Vacheslav m_zouhairy at skno.by
Tue Oct 3 13:44:54 UTC 2017

Well if it were properly set, the error would be clear.
rancid:x:103:101:added by portage for rancid:/var/rancid:/bin/bash

Thanks for the answer.


From: Alexander Griesser [mailto:AGriesser at anexia-it.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:16 PM
To: Vacheslav <m_zouhairy at skno.by>; rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: AW: [rancid] problem with rancid crontab




You can set the CWD to ~rancid first and then execute „rancid-run“, but this
is (at least to my experience) not necessary if the home directory for your
rancid user iss et properly in /etc/passwd.

What does `grep rancid /etc/passwd` return on your system? Is /var/rancid
liste das the home directory for this account?




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Von: Rancid-discuss [mailto:rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net] Im Auftrag
von Vacheslav
Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2017 14:23
An: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net <mailto:rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net> 
Betreff: [rancid] problem with rancid crontab




I configured crontab as root as such:

0                             */6 *   *   *                          rancid

# Clean out config differ logs5

0                             23  *   *   *                           rancid
/usr/bin/find /var/rancid/logs -type f -mtime +2 -exec rm {} \


But an error is logged:
clogin error: Error: password file (//.cloginrc) does not exist

I do not understand what the path // is. The .cloginrc file is in

Or is it absolutely necessary to run cron as user rancid? 
p.s I’m using rancid 3.7

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