[Pkg-net-snmp-devel] Bug#316993: snmpd default CONFIG is totally broken

Peter Keel seegras at discordia.ch
Thu Jul 8 16:41:25 UTC 2010


I can only support this. The default config is totally broken.

1. SNMPDOPTS in /etc/default/snmpd should contain the "-r" flag,
otherwise the snmpd will be stuck on things it can't read 
(/dev/kmem) because it's not running as root. 

2. I would expect that as soon as I turn on snmpd, I should be able
to do an snmpwalk -v2c -H localhost -C public. Not so with what 
currently lives in /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

There is even a tutorial on how the defaults _need_ to be changed 
to accomplish anything on http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/snmp.htm 
Didn't work for me, tough. And it's a sad state if you need a 
tutorial to tell you what the example file does wrong, isn't it?

In the end, I did a minimal configuration with snmpconf, which 
works. This:

# SNMPv3
rwuser  writer auth
rouser  reader
rocommunity  public
rwcommunity  private
# System Information
syslocation  Datacenter
syscontact  hostmaster at example.com

I'm pretty sure all that baggage in the example file would serve a very
elegant purpose, only I can't appreciate it, because it simply does not

"Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve 
neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin
"It's also true that those who would give up privacy for security are 
likely to end up with neither." -- Bruce Schneier

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