Configuration Database

TNSR maintains three separate configuration databases: startup, candidate, and running. These files are stored as XML in plain text files.


The configuration loaded when the host boots up.


A restart of TNSR services is not the same as a reboot. If, for example, the clixon services are restarted, TNSR will still be using the running database.


An in-process potential configuration that exists while the TNSR configuration is being actively edited. When committed, this configuration will be accepted as the running configuration by TNSR if it is free of errors.


The active running configuration, which reflects the current state of TNSR.


These databases are located in /var/tnsr/ on the host, but these files are not intended to be accessed outside of TNSR.

The configuration database is managed using the configuration command from within config mode.

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Saving the Configuration

For changes to persist between reboots of the TNSR host, the running configuration must be copied to the startup configuration as shown in this example:

tnsr# configure
tnsr(config)# configuration copy running startup

There is a shortcut command for this specific operation as well, which may be familiar for certain users:

tnsr(config)# write

Viewing the Configuration

To view the configuration databases, use the show configuration command followed by the database name, for example:

tnsr# show configuration running


tnsr# show conf run

The output format can be given after the database name using one of the following names:

xml [(explicit|report-all)]:

XML format. The default output format, and the native format of the configuration databases.

The optional parameters control which information is returned by the command:


Only reports configuration items which have explicitly been configured by the user. This is the default behavior.


Report not only explicitly configured configuration values, but default values assumed by TNSR.

json [(explicit|report-all)]:

JSON format, similar to the data format used by RESTCONF. The optional parameters work the same as they do for XML format noted previously.

cli [<section>]:

Outputs a set of CLI commands which can be pasted back into a terminal to re-create the current configuration.


The cli format is useful for replicating parts of a configuration on another TNSR instance without restoring a full configuration database.

When using the cli format, an optional configuration area name can limit the output to a certain portion of the database. For example, to show only the DHCP server configuration:

tnsr# show configuration running cli kea
dhcp4 enable
dhcp4 server
    option domain-name
    description LAN DHCP Server
    lease persist true
    lease lfc-interval 0
    interface listen LAN
    interface socket raw
        interface LAN
        option domain-name-servers
        option routers

There is a shortcut command to view the CLI format output, which may be familiar for certain users:

tnsr(config)# show running-configuration

This command can be abbreviated to sh run. Like its fully typed out counterpart, the output can be limited by adding a section name to the end of the command.

Reverting to the Startup Configuration

TNSR can also revert to the previously saved startup configuration to remove undesirable changes to the running configuration, should a regression in behavior occur.

For example:

tnsr# configure
tnsr(config)# configuration copy startup candidate
tnsr(config)# configuration candidate commit
tnsr(config)# exit


It is not possible to copy the startup configuration directly to the running configuration as that will not result in the settings being active. The configuration must be committed after copying to the candidate.

Configuration Database Commands

These brief examples show other available configuration database management commands.

Delete the candidate database entirely, which if committed will leave TNSR with an empty configuration:

tnsr(config)# configuration candidate clear

Commit changes made to the candidate database, which if successful will become the running database:

tnsr(config)# configuration candidate commit


Nearly all changes made in the TNSR CLI will be committed automatically as commands are entered by the user. There is rarely a need to perform this step manually.

Discard the current candidate database to remove a change that has failed to validate, returning to the running configuration without the attempted changes:

tnsr(config)# configuration candidate discard

Attempt to validate the current candidate configuration to locate errors:

tnsr(config)# configuration candidate validate

Load a file from the host into the candidate database. The contents of the file can replace the candidate entirely, or merge a new section into an existing configuration. After loading, the candidate must be committed manually.

tnsr(config)# configuration candidate load <filename> [(replace|merge)]

Copy the candidate configuration to the startup configuration:

tnsr(config)# configuration copy candidate startup

Copy the running configuration to either the candidate or startup configuration:

tnsr(config)# configuration copy running (candidate|startup)

Copy the startup configuration to the candidate configuration:

tnsr(config)# configuration copy startup candidate

Save either the candidate or running configuration to a file on the host.

tnsr(config)# configuration save (candidate|running) <filename>

While not a configuration database command directly, the TNSR CLI automatically discards the candidate database if it fails to validate. This behavior can be changed using the following command:

tnsr(config)# no cli option auto-discard