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I'm writing a script to disable a rule using panxapi. I'm trying to check to make sure the rule exists. I've found if I have a typo in the rule name, panxapi will create the rule as a blank, so I need to make sure the rule exists before running panxapi to disable it. I started testing how to do this and have run across something I don't understand. Options -g and -s look to be what I would need, but I'm not understanding their results. If I enter a non-existent rule "Rule.junk" they return different results.
|get candidate config at xpath
|show active config at xpath
panxapi -h 192.168.x.x -s "/config/devices/entry[@name='localhost.localdomain']/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/rulebase/security/rules/entry[@name='Rule.junk']"
show: No such node status="error"
panxapi -h 192.168.x,x -g "/config/devices/entry[@name='localhost.localdomain']/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/rulebase/security/rules/entry[@name='Rule.junk']"
My candidate and running config are identical, yet -s says the rule doesn't exist, and -g says it does?
The results are showing you that the config you're looking for is in candidate config - but not in the active config (i.e. committed to the device). Is that possibly why you're seeing those results?
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