RIP with passive option

Alexander Festl festl.alexander at
Thu Mar 9 08:47:52 CET 2017

Hi, this is my first post in a mailing list. I hope I do it fine.

My server should receive routes via RIP.
I have tried it on Ubuntu 10.04 with bird from *ppa:cz.nic-labs/bird* .
The server should work with the interface option passive.
(Receive routes and do not send)

My config file looks like:

protocol kernel {
    scan time 20;
    export all;

protocol device {
    scan time 10;

protocol rip {
    export none;
    import all;
    interface "eth0" {
            passive yes;
    debug all;

If I start bird, I get

bird: /etc/bird.conf, line 15: syntax error

I tried "yes", "true" and "" as switch for the passive option.

I posted the question at stackexchange too. (

Thank you in advance.
Alexander Festl
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