[mrtg] Re: Bintec X1200 + mrtg 2.9.4

Larry Sheldon lsheldon at creighton.edu
Sun Dec 3 04:26:33 MET 2000

Alex said:
> Larry Sheldon wrote:
> > I don't actually know what I am talking about here--but I wonder, what
> > would the error look like if SNMP was not running on the device at all
> > (guess:  sysDescr is one of the first things the program would want to
> > go for, so if SNMP-not-running-at-all causes and error, it might look
> > like the above.)
> What looks strange to me is that there was an reply.  Apparently the
> device responded with "no such name".

I got to thinking about this some more and have concluded that my suggestion
is probably silly--if SNMP were not running at all, a "can't reach" error
would probably have been reported.

So the follow-on conjecture is that the box is running SNMP, but doesn't
support MIB2, or only supports some proprietary MIB.

> One needs to start somewhere.  You cut the part where I suggested to
> use snmpwalk on the interfaces table.

That was probably silly too--I don't now remember seeing it.  But that
would handle most cases by telling us what the box _does_ do.

> "If this doesn't work, you need help from somebody who knows the device".

Boyhowdy, I'll say.

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