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August 30, 2008

Dear Cisco: PLEASE Stop Fucking With Your Documentation

Whenever I need to build an AS-Path access-list I open the Cisco Regular Expressions documentation:

The regular expressions documentation is located in an odd corner of the DOC CD – under Terminal Services Configuration.  You may want to practice finding it a couple of times before your exam day:

12.4 Documentation Home ->
Configuration Guides ->
Cisco IOS Terminal Services Configuration Guide ->
Appendixes ->
Regular Expressions

So I went to the 12.4 Mainline Configuration Guide page and…..where the hell is the Cisco IOS Terminal Services Configuration Guide?  It’s nowhere to be found.  It was there at least as recently as 14 August, but – joy of joys – it’s gone now.

Thankfully it’s still (for how long?) present in the 12.3 Mainline Configuration Guides.  You have to play “Choose Your Own Adventure” with some links but you’ll eventually get to a 12.2 documentation page.

This was a pain in the butt during a practice lab, but it would have been a major stress-inducing moment during the actual lab.

I guess that the lesson here (other than “The Cisco Documentation team is of the devil”) is that you should probably verify that your favorite pieces of documentation are still there before you take the lab.  I would also make sure that you’re somewhat comfortable navigating older code documentation.

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4 Comments »

  1. Aah thanks for the heads up. I have not checked regexp documentation recently but I will do this today.

    Comment by CCIETalk.com — August 31, 2008 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  2. The regular expressions documents is still under 12.4

    See link below

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/termserv/configuration/guide/tsv_reg_express_ps6350_TSD_Products_Configuration_Guide_Chapter.html

    Comment by femi — September 2, 2008 @ 6:16 am | Reply

  3. @ferri – It is back now, but it was missing all weekend. Maybe the Regular Expressions documentation snuck out for a long Labor Day weekend camping trip. I just hope that something like this doesn’t happen before my lab date.

    Comment by cciepursuit — September 3, 2008 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  4. Pass or fail, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Personally, I think you’ll pass. I have a question, though: Do you feel writing about your trials and tribulations in the labs helped reinforce what you’ve learned in the labs? An acquaintance thinks it’s a waste of time, but I’m inclined to think it helps solidify your knowledge. Thanks and good luck in three weeks.

    Rod

    Comment by Rod — September 14, 2008 @ 3:31 pm | Reply


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