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snmpconf (1)


snmpconf - creates and modifies SNMP configuration files


snmpconf [OPTIONS] [fileToCreate]

Start with:
snmpconf -g basic_setup

Or even just:


Net-SNMP                                              SNMPCONF(1)

     snmpconf - creates and modifies SNMP configuration files

     snmpconf [OPTIONS] [fileToCreate]

     Start with:
          snmpconf -g basic_setup

     Or even just:

     snmpconf is a simple Perl script that walks you through set-
     ting up a configuration file step by  step.   It  should  be
     fairly  straight  forward  to use.  Merely run it and answer
     its questions.

     In its default mode of operation, it prompts the  user  with
     menus showing sections of the various configuration files it
     knows about.  When the user selects a section, a sub-menu is
     shown  listing of the descriptions of the tokens that can be
     created in that section.  When a  description  is  selected,
     the  user is prompted with questions that construct the con-
     figuration line in question.

     Finally, when the user quits the program  any  configuration
     files  that  have  been  edited by the user are saved to the
     local directory, fully commented.

     A particularly useful option is the -g switch, which walks a
     user  through  a  specific  set  of configuration questions.

          snmpconf -g basic_setup

     for an example.

     -f      Force overwriting  existing  files  in  the  current
             directory  without  prompting  the user if this is a
             desired thing to do.

     -i      When finished, install the files into  the  location
             where  the  global  system  commands  expect to find

     -p      When finished, install the files into the users home
             directory's  .snmp  subdirectory (where the applica-
             tions will also search for configuration files).


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             When finished, install the files into the  directory

     -a      Don't ask any questions.  Simply read in the various
             known configuration files and write  them  back  out
             again.  This has the effect of "auto-commenting" the
             configuration files for you.  See  the  NEAT  TRICKS
             section below.

             Read  in  either all or none of the found configura-
             tion files.  Normally snmpconf prompts you for which
             files you wish to read in.  Reading in these config-
             uration  files  will  merge  these  files  with  the
             results of the questions that it asks of you.

     -R FILE,...
             Read in a specific list of configuration files.

             Groups  of configuration entries can be created that
             can be used to walk a user through a series of ques-
             tions  to  create  an  initial  configuration  file.
             There are no menus to navigate, just a list of ques-
             tions.  Run:

                  snmpconf -g basic_setup

             for a good example.

     -G      List all the known groups.

             snmpconf  uses a directory of configuration informa-
             tion to learn about the files and questions that  it
             should be asking.  This option tells snmpconf to use
             a different location for configuring itself.

     -q      Run slightly more quietly.  Since this is an  inter-
             active  program, I don't recommend this option since
             it only removes information from the output that  is
             designed to help you.

     -d      Turn on lots of debugging output.

     -D      Add  even  more debugging output in the form of Perl
             variable dumps.

     snmpconf -g basic_setup

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          Have  I  mentioned  this  command  enough  yet?    It's
          designed  to  walk someone through an initial setup for
          the snmpd(8) daemon.  Really, you should try it.

     snmpconf -R /usr/local/snmp/snmpd.conf -a -f snmpd.conf
          Automatically reads in an snmpd.conf file (for example)
          and  adds  comments  to them describing what each token
          does.  Try it.  It's cool.

     See  attributes(5)  for  descriptions   of   the   following

     |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |               ATTRIBUTE VALUE                 |
     |Availability   | system/management/snmp/net-snmp/documentation |
     |Stability      | Volatile                                      |
     snmpconf  is  actually  a very generic utility that could be
     easily configured to help construct just about any  kind  of
     configuration  file.  Its default configuration set of files
     are SNMP based.

     snmpd(8), snmp_config(5), snmp.conf(5), snmpd.conf(5)

     This  software  was   built   from   source   available   at    The  original
     community       source       was       downloaded       from

     Further information about this software can be found on  the
     open source community website at

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