Gerty is a robot character in Duncan Jones' "Moon", with Kevin Spacey's voice :)
Gerty is a codename for a new project that would replace RANCID -- a software package for retrieving router and backing up configurations.
RANCID is a pretty painful piece of code if you start modifying and troubleshooting it. Also adding support for new device types or new command output is quite a frustrating experience.
conf t, show something, exit-- quite typical sequence on some non-cisco vendor equipment)
In RANCID, each device is assigned one device type, and then the behaviour is hardcoded in RANCID executables. As a result, you cannot easily add a new command for execution or slightly modify the commands based on device variant or software version.
Gerty deals with the device definitions in a hierarchical way:
Last edited by ssinyagin,