[rancid] Removal of a Device Group

Piegorsch, Weylin William weylin at bu.edu
Thu Aug 25 04:42:24 UTC 2022

Thank you; it worked perfectly to:
a) update router.db to have no entries
b) do-diff the group either manually or allow the cron job to fire
c) remove the cron job and remove the group from LIST_OF_GROUPS, remove the directory from ~rancid/var, and clear the email alias from /etc/aliases

>From the CLI perspective it's all gone and my email gets no new items, but the Web GUI still shows everything (albeit with all "(dead)" devices) still having the change history, which basically works perfectly for what I need.

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-----Original Message-----
From: heasley <heas at shrubbery.net> 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:19 PM
To: Piegorsch, Weylin William <weylin at bu.edu>
Cc: rancid-discuss at www.shrubbery.net
Subject: Re: [rancid] Removal of a Device Group

Wed, Aug 17, 2022 at 03:55:36PM +0000, Piegorsch, Weylin William:
> I have three groups that I want to remove from RANCiD (version 3.4) w/ CVS.  I've seen previous posts about *completely* removing groups, but I'd like to keep the attic.
> - one group is depopulated (that is, nothing in router.db)
> - two groups still have devices that are still on my network but are 
> no longer backup-able (Cisco autonomous AP converted to Ubiquity 
> NanoBeam M5's and BridgeWave BW64's)
> Is there an appropriate way to moving things into Attic so that the web GUI still sees the devices?  I'm ambivalent about keeping devices in their original group. I don't have an "archived / retired / don't update" group.
> I know I can remove CRON jobs and remove from LIST_OF_GROUPS, I'm wondering if updating those is enough or if I should do more.

hey, if you remove the devices from the router.db, rancid will remove them from cvs; that cvs operation will migrate to the attic.  Then, the group directory can be removed; the web interface should point to the CVS repo, so it should continue to see all the current and historical data.

fwiw, I backup a ubnt USG (device type edgerouter).  I have not tried this for ubnt APs, but this might work for your ubnt products.


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