control_rancid − run rancid for devices of a group


control_rancid [−V] [−c commit_msg] [−f config_file] [−m mail_rcpt] [−r device_name] group


control_rancid is a sh(1) script to parse a group’s router.db(5), run rancid for each of the devices, possibly re-run rancid for devices that failed collection, e-mail diffs, and e-mail error reports.

control_rancid also creates and/or re-creates the .cvsignore/.gitignore files for each group. For the configs sub-directory, it includes ".old", where a user may keep files they would like to be ignored.

The command-line options are as follows:


Prints package name and version strings.

−c commit_msg

Specify an alternative SCM commit message.

−f group_config_file

Specify an alternative rancid.conf. The global rancid.conf file is read by rancid-run, which calls control_rancid for each group, and control_rancid reads the group-specific rancid.conf, thereby overriding the global file.

The group-specific rancid.conf may not exist.

Default: <BASEDIR>/<group>/rancid.conf

−m mail_rcpt

Specify the recipient of diff mail, which is normally rancid-<group>. The argument may be a single address, multiple comma separated addresses, or −m may be specified multiple times.

−r device_name

Specify the name, as it appears in the router.db, of a particular device to collect and generate diffs for. The device must be marked "up".

The −r option alters the subject line of the diff mail. It will begin with <group name>/<device name> rather than just the group name alone.

control_rancid is normally (and best) run via rancid-run(1) which provides a locking mechanism on a group basis and saves output in a log file for each group.


rancid-run(1), rancid.conf(5), router.db(5)