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Adding/Removing MIB Files

MIB Views, like many SNMP management applications, uses loaded MIB files to map on-the-wire data types to and from derived types, and OID values to and from symbolic names (descriptors). MIB files can be added and removed using the Add/Remove MIBs dialog, available either by selecting FileAdd/Remove MIBs from the menu or clicking on the mibs MIBs icon.

Add/Remove MIBs Dialog

Figure - Add/Remove MIBs Dialog

To save disk space under Unix, MIB files are normally linked into place, rather than copied.

Whenever you have add MIBs (which sets up the link and parses the MIB into memory) or remove MIBs (which unlinks the file and unloads it from memory), it is a good idea to always click the "Compile" button before closing the dialog. While it doesn't convert the file into any special format the way other management applications typically require, the Compile button will revalidate and cross-check all of the loaded MIB modules to check for errors or missing dependencies. To save (your) time, this validation is not performed immediately upon adding the MIBs, allowing you to postpone validation until you're finished.

However, leaving errors icon and dependency warnings icon leaves you susceptible to errors during use. Try to make sure that all files check out icon before closing the dialog. Check the Compiler Log for error and warning details.

For convenience, MIB Views suppresses all warnings, other than missing dependencies, normally issued by MIB Smithy or MIB Smithy SDK . These warnings are typically only useful to MIB authors and not SNMP users. However, MIB Views will tell you how many warnings have been suppressed, and you can uncheck the "Hide warnings" checkbutton to disable warning suppression.

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