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traceoptions (Protocols RIP)


Hierarchy Level


Set RIP protocol-level tracing options.


The traceoptions statement is not supported on QFabric systems.


The default RIP protocol-level trace options are inherited from the global traceoptions statement.


disable—(Optional) Disable the tracing operation. One use of this option is to disable a single operation when you have defined a broad group of tracing operations, such as all.

file filename—Name of the file to receive the output of the tracing operation. Enclose the name in quotation marks. We recommend that you place RIP tracing output in the file /var/log/rip-log.

files number—(Optional) Maximum number of trace files. When a trace file named trace-file reaches its maximum size, it is renamed trace-file.0, then trace-file.1, and so on, until the maximum number of trace files is reached. Then, the oldest trace file is overwritten. If you specify a maximum number of files, you must also specify a maximum file size with the size option.

  • Range: 2 through 1000 files

  • Default: 10 files

flag flag—Tracing operation to perform. To specify more than one tracing operation, include multiple flag statements.

RIP Tracing Options

  • auth—RIP authentication

  • error—RIP error packets

  • expiration—RIP route expiration processing

  • holddown—RIP hold-down processing

  • nsr-synchronization—Nonstop routing synchronization events

  • packets—All RIP packets

  • request—RIP information packets such as request, poll, and poll entry packets

  • trigger—RIP triggered updates

  • update—RIP update packets

Global Tracing Options

  • all—All tracing operations

  • general—A combination of the normal and route trace operations

  • normal—All normal operations

  • Default: If you do not specify this option, only unusual or abnormal operations are traced.

  • policy—Policy operations and actions

  • route—Routing table changes

  • state—State transitions

  • task—Routing protocol task processing

  • timer—Routing protocol timer processing

flag-modifier—(Optional) Modifier for the tracing flag. You can specify one or more of these modifiers:

  • detail—Provide detailed trace information.

  • receive—Trace the packets being received.

  • receive-detail—Provide detailed trace information for packets being received.

  • send—Trace the packets being transmitted.

  • send-detail—Provide detailed trace information for packets being transmitted.

no-world-readable—(Optional) Prevent any user from reading the log file.

size size—(Optional) Maximum size of each trace file, in kilobytes (KB) or megabytes (MB). When a trace file named trace-file reaches this size, it is renamed trace-file.0. When the trace-file again reaches its maximum size, trace-file.0 is renamed trace-file.1 and trace-file is renamed trace-file.0. This renaming scheme continues until the maximum number of trace files is reached. Then, the oldest trace file is overwritten. If you specify a maximum file size, you must also specify a maximum number of trace files with the files option.

  • Syntax: xk to specify KB, xm to specify MB, or xg to specify GB

  • Range: 10 KB through the maximum file size supported on your system

  • Default: 128 KB

world-readable—(Optional) Allow any user to read the log file.

Required Privilege Level

routing—To view this statement in the configuration.

routing-control—To add this statement to the configuration.

Release Information

Statement introduced before Junos OS Release 7.4.