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IOS Conditional Debugging

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I while back I mentioned it is possible to debug a single IPSec tunnel using crypto conditions, this functionality also extends outside of crypto conditions. IOS routers offer the functionality to create debug conditions and limit debug output to specific interfaces, ip addresses, and more see the following list:

Debug Confidition2

You can also stack these debug conditions on top of each other:

Debug Condition multiple2

You will see as you specify additional conditions it tells how many conditions have been set. Issuing the command show debug condition will display a list of debug conditions that been set.

Debug Condition Show5

One thing you will want to keep in mind if you do not remove these conditions is when you finished troubleshooting your problem you should remove these debug conditions are else they will affect any other debugs you run in the future. You can remove these debug conditions by issuing the command no debug condition. One thing to keep in mind is that you have the ability to remove the debug conditions in any order, using the above configuration as an example lets say you want to keep seeing debug messages pertaining to IP address and also  pertaining to any interface and not just when it includes interface fa0/0, you can issue the command the no debug condition condition 1 or  no debug condition interface fa0/0 depending which method you find simplier.

debug condition removal2

While conditional debugging is a very powerful tool when troubleshooting, you will still want remember that debugging can be very processor intensive and still might hinder performance on a production router, after all the debug is still running using debug conditions just limit the messages you will see.

Written by Stephen J. Occhiogrosso

March 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

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