Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 202599
net-snmp-config also configures snmpv3 users
Last modified: 2007-11-16 20:14:53 EST
Description of problem:
The man page for snmpd.conf contains the following paragraph in the section for
Instead of figuring out how to use this directive and where to
put it (see below), just run "net-snmp-config --create-
snmpv3-user" instead, which will add one of these lines to the
After much hunting, it seems that this utility does indeed exist, however it is
part of net-snmp-devel. It seems, in fact, that it's day job is to provide
net-snmp related build options. It just moonlights as a creator of snmpv3 users.
It's install time dependencies include:
These are not likely to be required on a production machine.
The man snmpd.conf man page should not be referencing a utility which is only
provided in the -devel package.
A single utility which both provides build options and configures users is a
questionable design decision to say the least.
Ideally, net-snmp-config would be split into 2 utilities, and the creator of
users moved into the main package.
Failing that, the offending paragraph should be removed from the man page, or at
least accompanied by a disclaimer which will prevent users from wasting time
looking for it.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I agree. The net-snmp-config also provides this setup command, otherwise it is
for development use only. I can either split the setup part into new script (sth
like net-snmp-setup) or I'd rather remove the above note from man page. The
snmpv3 users can be add into snmpd.conf by hand, like other snmp users. This is
only helper script which simplifies the procedure. I leave the decision up to
you, whatever suits customer better :)
I'm happy to update the man page.
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