Managing IOS Configuration Snippets

Simon Knight simon.knight at
Thu Feb 27 21:45:38 UTC 2014

Definitely. Depends what form the database takes - I don't think SQL
is the right answer here. Sticking with flat files and perl scripts as
much as possible is good guidance.

I'm biased, but I'd go with Python:


On 27 February 2014 13:05, Erik Muller <erikm at> wrote:
> On 2/27/14, 15:52 , Joe Abley wrote:
>> This is not any kind of sensible answer to the original question, but
>> the general approach "give ops people a shell on a box with a rancid
>> repository, encourage them to write scripts that do stuff" has the
>> potential to cause all kinds of good things to happen faster than the
>> time taken to organise a conference call to discuss requirements
>> gathering for a "production" system.
> +1000.  And that applies equally to the backend.  I have yet to meet a
> fancy, integrated, database-driven configuration management system that can
> beat a bunch of flat files and a few perl scripts.  Hackability of a system
> can be a definite virtue here.
> -e

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