Hope someone can help me here. Looking to redo my bash ssh script for cisco devices, and add on to it. Basically, my idea is to have an SSH to log me to the device in enable mode (so i can do regular admin stuff as usual ) and run in silent mode a backup of the device ( where the txt file is the hostname of the devices ) .

Best I have done so far , and haven`t test it on live equipment is :

use warnings;
use strict;
use Expect;
use Data::Dumper;

my $user = $ARGV[0];
my $pw = $ARGV[1];
my $host = $ARGV[2];
my $cmd = 'sh run';

my $exp = new Expect;
$exp->log_file("SSHLOGFILE.txt");#How do i make this to be the hostname of the device though

my $cli = "/usr/bin/ssh $user\@$host -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -q $cmd";
#not sure about this 
$exp->spawn($cli) or die "Cannot spawn $cli: $!\n";

 [ qr /ssword:*/ => sub { my $exph = shift;
                          exp_continue; }] );

my $read = $exp->exp_before();
chomp $read;
print Dumper($read);


I can install RANCID as i have no root on the jump host , I can run the scripts outside the jumphost , and Perl is my only option as I can have the modules on a local library.


The difference between a quickly written script and flexible robust automation is many lines of code and much testing. Rather than re-implement, consider using or extending existing modules that already do this. I found several in just a few minutes of searching.

In Perl, ciscodump (github) and the resulting Net::SSH2::Cisco.

If you can get Python on any host, Ansible ios_config can backup to a file with one task. While applying some config from a template.

  • Python isnt an option for me. I would have used it but cant run it . – Lillith Aug 15 '19 at 15:08
  • Which scripting language isn't important. Find automation modules and scripts that do this already, and study them. When you have a more specific problem statement, ask. – John Mahowald Aug 17 '19 at 14:39

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