Watching /var/log/pflog grow
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Tue Nov 4 11:21:12 PST 2008
> How can I watch /var/log/pflog grow with tcpdump, "tail -f" style?
> This won't work:
> $ tail -f /var/log/pflog | tcpdump -n -s 116 -r -
> because tail doesn't start at the right location.
> Using a blocksize (-b) with tail may also not be right,
> because the captured packets are not the same size.
> This seems to work:
> $ tcpdump -n -s 116 -i pflog0
> but now, both tcpdump and pflogd are competing for the same
> interface pflog0.
> I'm afraid that in the latter case, every packet will be
> EITHER logged by pflogd
> XOR displayed by tcpdump.
> Is that so?
> If yes, /var/log/pflog would be incomplete, because some packets
> would have been snatched away from pflog0 by tcpdump, before
> pflogd ever got a chance to read them out.
> Is there a way to watch /var/log/pflog grow, while
> still making sure that pflogd logs EVERY packet that appears
> on the pflog0 interface? How?
Running tcpdump against the pflog0 pseudo-interface no more stops
pflogd recording the traffic than running tcpdump on your network
interface blocks traffic from the net.
tcpdump -vv -i pflog0
really is the way to go if you want to see what your firewall is
logging in real time.
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard
PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate
Kent, CT11 9PW
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