[clug] IP network traffic monitoring

Tony and Robyn Lewis beakysnugger at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Sep 14 01:27:28 GMT 2005

I am a paranoid bunny.  I want a tool that will sniff my internet-facing 
interface, and store "flow" information (source/dest IP/port, time, 
proto, packet/byte count).  Does such a beast exist as a debian package, 
or any other package?

I know there are lots of network monitoring stuff (been through 
http://packages.debian.org/testing/net) but nothing that can do graphs 
and/or reporting by that resolution.

The nearest I can find is something like pmacct, or ulog-acctd, and 
pumping that into a database/file and then having a web front end to 
generate graphs.  But I'd love to find something already rolled.  
flow-tools comes close if I can find something that will generate 
netflow data.

My underlying requirement is this: I use cacti, and it reported to me 
last night that my upload was maxed out between around 3am to 6am.  I 
don't know why.  I've checked the logs for the apps that operate on the 
ports I have open, and nothing jumps out, and so I'm a little stumped 
and curious/nervous.  Some monitoring tool like this would help.

Tony Lewis

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