It is all very well to be collecting this information, but how do we actually get to see it? To view the collected accounting data and the configured accounting rules, we use our firewall configuration commands, asking them to list our rules. The packet and byte counters for each of our rules are listed in the output.
The ipfwadm, ipchains, and iptables commands differ in how accounting data is handled, so we will treat them independently.
ipfwadm -A -lIP accounting rules pkts bytes dir prot source destination ports 9833 2345K i/o all 172.16.3.0/24 anywhere n/a 56527 33M i/o all 172.16.4.0/24 anywhere n/a
This will tell us the number of packets sent in each direction. If we use
the extended output format with the
-e option (not shown here because the
output is too wide for the page), we are also supplied the options and
applicable interface names. Most of the fields in the output will be
self-explanatory, but the following may not:
The direction in which the rule applies. Expected values here are
i/o, meaning both ways.
The protocols to which the rule applies.
A coded form of the options we use when invoking ipfwadm.
The name of the interface to which the rule applies.
The address of the interface to which the rule applies.
By default, ipfwadm displays the packet and byte counts in a shortened form, rounded to the nearest thousand (K) or million (M). We can ask it to display the collected data in exact units by using the expanded option as follows:
ipfwadm -A -l -e -x
The ipchains command will not display our accounting data
(packet and byte counters) unless we supply it the
argument. The simplest means of listing our accounting data with the
ipchains is to use it like this:
ipchains -L -v
Again, just as with ipfwadm, we can display the packet and
byte counters in units by using the expanded output mode. The
ipchains uses the
-x argument for this:
ipchains -L -v -x
iptables -L -v
Just as for the ipchains command, you can use the
-x argument to show the output in expanded
format with unit figures.