seeking a framework to automate router configurations

Frank Cui ycui at
Wed Dec 18 04:13:26 CET 2013

Hi Chris,
Thanks for the advice! 
I'm aware of this module, the problem is that this is quite a low level module and I would have quite a lot to re-invent specific to telneting to a cisco router.

> Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:27:55 +1100
> Subject: Re: seeking a framework to automate router configurations
> From: rosuav at
> CC: python-list at
> On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM, Frank Cui <ycui at> wrote:
> > "Asynchronously reset a large number of cisco routers back to their original
> > configurations and push prepared initial configurations to them"
> From the sound of your partial solutions, this is done over a TCP/IP
> socket? I don't know how you'd go about authenticating yourself with
> the router (unless the factory reset is done some other way, and the
> telnet part is just to push the config, in which case you'd be using
> the default credentials), but presumably you've worked that part out
> already.
> Python has a socket module which is probably what you want here. You
> can connect on any port, read what comes back, and send whatever you
> need. If the job's simple enough, you might even be able to just
> connect, send a fixed blob of text, and then listen for errors in the
> response... or even not, and just let the user try it afterwards.
> Does that look like what you need?
> ChrisA
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