The tutorial above was really good, so thank you!

I did get everything setup and working but I have a few minor issues. For some reason rancid is defaulting to my user directory for the .cloginrc file. I placed the file in /home/mydirectory/.cloginrc and it works fine any suggestions on how I can change this?

Also if I (su rancid) it seems like the account does not have permission to write to /var/lib/rancid/backups/ directory.