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ciscoconfr(8) FreeBSD System Manager's Manual ciscoconfr(8)


ciscoconfr router log-entry

This program has been installed successfully on FreeBSD 2.2.6-RELEASE, Linux RedHat 4.2, Solaris 2.5.1, IRIX 5.3 and HP/UX 10.20. Feedback regarding other platforms is welcome.

ciscoconfr will retrieve configuration from a Cisco router using rsh(1), and store it under RCS source control in the directory /usr/local/share/cisco (this directory was specified on this host at install time).

Blank lines, comments and other garbage are automagically pruned from the router configuration to prevent unnecessary RCS deltas being formed from insignificant changes.

ciscoconfr is intended to be run automatically by ciscoconfd(8) to maintain a configuration history for multiple routers.

Parameters for ciscoconfr are as follows:

A router's host name in a format suitable to be passed to rsh(1)
A log entry to provide supporting information when checking the changed configuration in using ci(1)

The user which ciscologr runs as must be permitted to issue enable commands to routers using rsh(1). To allow this to happen, some configuration of the appropriate routers is necessary. The following example allows the user "jabley" to issue enable-mode commands via rsh from the host

ip rcmd rsh-enable

ip rcmd remote-host jabley jabley enable

Warning! Do not type these commands into your router without a thorough understanding of the security implications for your network.

1.00 (6 Apr 1998)

More recent versions may be available; check for details at

If a router's non-volatile RAM is otherwise engaged (e.g. by a "write mem" issued by an operator, or by a slave-sync in units with multiple route processors), the configuration retrieved from the router will be the single line `Non-Volatile memory is in use' .

This should only happen infrequently as long as ciscologr(8) is not run so often that the instinctive post-configuration "write mem" is always caught.

Frequency of running ciscologr can be reduced by sensible application of the -t parameter to ciscologd(8).

ciscoconfd(8), rsh(1), ci(1), co(1)

Joe Abley <>

6 Apr 1998

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