The script

The script attempts to update the configuration of running daemons. It takes as argument the path of the configuration file that we want to apply. The script will attempt to retrieve the running configuration from daemons, calculate the delta between that config and the intended one, and execute the required sequence of vtysh commands to enforce the changes.


There are several options that control the behavior of frr-reload:

  • --input INPUT: uses the specified input file as the running configuration instead of retrieving it from a show running-config in vtysh
  • --reload: applies the configuration delta to the daemons. Either this or --test MUST be specified.
  • --test: only outputs the configuration delta, without enforcing it. Either this or --reload MUST be specified.
  • --debug: enable debug messages
  • --stdout: print output to stdout
  • --bindir BINDIR: path to the vtysh executable
  • --confdir CONFDIR: path to the existing daemon config files
  • --rundir RUNDIR: path to a folder to be used to write the temporary files needed by the script to do its job. The script should have write access to it
  • --daemon DAEMON: by default assumes that we are using integrated config and attempting to update the configuration for all daemons. If this is not the case, e.g. each daemon has its individual config file, then the delta can only be computed on a per-daemon basis. This option allows the user to specify the daemon for which the config is intended. DAEMON should be one of the keywords allowed in vtysh as an option for show running-config.
  • --vty_socket VTY_SOCKET: the socket to be used by vtysh to connect to the running daemons.
  • --overwrite: overwrite the existing daemon config file with the new config after the delta has been applied. The file name will be frr.conf for integrate config, or DAEMON.conf when using per-daemon config files.