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       router.db - rancid group configuration file


       router.db  contains  information  for  devices  which  are members of a
       rancid group.  control_rancid(1) reads this file to compile a  list  of
       devices which it should collect.


       One device is listed per-line, where the syntax is:


       For example:

       The fields are as follows:

              The  name  of  the device, which must resolve via gethostbyname,
              used as the argument to telnet(1), rsh(1), or ssh(1), to connect
              to  the device.  Once converted to lower-case, this also becomes
              the name of the file  used  to  store  the  configuration  under

              Experience  has  shown  that  using  the  device’s  FQDN  (Fully
              Qualified Domain Name) works best, as in the example above.

              The type of device from the set:

               agm    A Cisco Anomaly Guard Module (aka  Riverhead).   Suspect
                      that  at  some  point the UI will become more cisco-like
                      and it can be merged with the IOS rancid module.

               alteon An Alteon WebOS switches.

               arista An Arista Networks device.

                      An Avocent Cyclades console server.

               baynet A Bay Networks router.

               cat5   A Cisco catalyst series 5000 and  4000  switches  (i.e.:
                      running the catalyst OS, not IOS).

               cisco  A  Cisco  router,  PIX,  or switch such as the 3500XL or
                      6000 running IOS (or IOS-like) OS.

                      A Cisco Nexus switch/router.

               css    A Cisco content services switch.

                      An enterasys NAS.  This is currently an  alias  for  the
                      riverstone device type.

               erx    A Juniper E-series edge router.

                      An Extreme switch.

               ezt3   An ADC-Kentrox EZ-T3 mux.

               f5     A F5 BigIP switch.

                      A Force10 router.

                      A Fortinet firewall.

                      A   Foundry  router,  switch,  or  router-switch.   This
                      includes HP Procurve switches that are OEMs  of  Foundry
                      products, such as the HP9304M.

                      A Hitachi router.

               hp     A  HP  Procurve switch such as the 2524 or 4108 procurve
                      switches.  Also see the foundry type.

                      A Juniper router.

               mrtd   A host running the (Merit) MRTd daemon.

                      A Netscalar load balancer.

                      A Netscreen firewall.

                      A Procket router.

                      A Redback router, NAS, etc.

                      A Riverstone NAS or  Cabletron  (starting  with  version
                      ~9.0.3) router.

               smc    A SMC switch (some Dell OEMs).

               tnt    A Lucent TNT.

               zebra  Zebra routing software.

              The  state  is  either "up", or some other arbitrary value, e.g.
              "down".   If  the  device  is  not  marked  "up"  the   device’s
              configuration  will  not be collected.  It is highly recommended
              that comments are made for any router not listed as up, so as to
              indicate the reason a router is not to be polled, e.g.:

     testing until 5/5/2001.
     6054234, 5/3/2001

              The script "downreport" in util/ can be used to produce a report
              of routers in router.db that are not marked "up".

              Freeform string to describe the current state of the router.

       A ‘‘#’’ at the beginning of a line is a comment;  the  entire  line  is

       If  a device is deleted from the router.db file, then rancid will clean
       up by removing the device’s config file from  $BASEDIR/<group>/configs.
       The  device  will  be  removed from the revision control system.  It is
       possible, in most cases, to resurrect or check-out  copies  of  deleted
       device configurations.


              Configuration  file  described  here,  where <group> is a device
              group  name  defined  in  the  variable  LIST_OF_GROUPS   within


       control_rancid(1), rancid(1), rancid.conf(5)

                                 13 July 2009                     router.db(5)