It's possible to use operational and configuration mode commands from scripts.
#!/bin/vbash source /opt/vyatta/etc/functions/script-template
Once you source /opt/vyatta/etc/functions/script-template, you can use all configure/set/delete/commit commands. You also can use operational mode commands, but unlike normal CLI, they **always** must be prepended with "run", whether you started a configuration session or not.
#!/bin/vbash source /opt/vyatta/etc/functions/script-template configure set system host-name test1 commit run show interfaces ethernet eth0
If you want to script the configs in a language other than bash you can have your script output commands and then source them in a bash script. Here is a simple example
#!/usr/bin/env python print "delete firewall group address-group somehosts" print "set firewall group address-group somehosts address '126.96.36.199'" print "set firewall group address-group somehosts address '188.8.131.52'"
#!bin/vbash source /opt/vyatta/etc/functions/script-template configure source <(/config/scripts/setfirewallgroup.py) commit
Executing Configuration Scripts
There is a pitfall when working with configuration scripts: It is tempting to call configuration scripts with "sudo" (i.e., temporary root permissions), because that's the common way on most Linux platforms to call system commands.
On VyOS this will cause the following problem: After modifying the configuration via script like this once, it is not possible to manually modify the config anymore:
sudo ./myscript.sh # Modifies config via API configure set ... # Any configuration parameter
This will result in the following error message: "Set failed"
If this happens, a reboot is required to be able to edit the config manually again.
To avoid these problems, the proper way is to call a script with the "vyattacfg" group, e.g., by using the "sg" (switch group) command:
sg vyattacfg -c ./myscript.sh
To make sure that a script is not accidentally called without the "vyattacfg" group, the script can be safeguarded like this:
if [ "$(id -g -n)" != 'vyattacfg' ] ; then exec sg vyattacfg -c "/bin/vbash $(readlink -f $0) $@" fi
If this is added to the beginning of a script, the script will call itself with the proper group and all arguments.