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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:


SNMPCONF(1)                        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 setting 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 show-
       ing sections of the various configuration files it knows  about.   When
       the user selects a section, a sub-menu is shown listing of the descrip-
       tions of the tokens that can  be  created  in  that  section.   When  a
       description  is selected, the user is prompted with questions that con-
       struct the configuration 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

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

              snmpconf -g basic_setup

       for an example.

       -f      Force overwriting existing files in the current directory with-
               out 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 them.

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

               When finished, install the files into the directory DIRECTORY.

       -a      Don't ask any questions.  Simply read in the various known con-
               figuration 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  configuration  files.
               Normally  snmpconf prompts you for which files you wish to read
               in.  Reading in these  configuration  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.

       -g GROUPNAME
               Groups of configuration entries can be created that can be used
               to walk a user through a series of questions to create an  ini-
               tial  configuration file.  There are no menus to navigate, just
               a list of questions.  Run:

                      snmpconf -g basic_setup

               for a good example.

       -G      List all the known groups.

       -c CONFIGDIR
               snmpconf uses a directory of configuration information to learn
               about  the  files and questions that it should be asking.  This
               option tells snmpconf to use a different location for configur-
               ing itself.

       -q      Run  slightly  more quietly.  Since this is an interactive pro-
               gram, 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

       snmpconf -g basic_setup
              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

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |        ATTRIBUTE VALUE          |
       |Availability   | system/management/snmp/net-snmp |
       |Stability      | Volatile                        |

       snmpconf is actually a very generic utility that could be  easily  con-
       figured  to  help  construct just about any kind of configuration file.
       Its default configuration set of files are SNMP based.

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle  Solaris  can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source  was  downloaded   from    https://sourceforge.net/projects/net-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.net-snmp.org/.

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

V5.8                              25 Feb 2003                      SNMPCONF(1)