little things

Mike Woods mike at
Thu Jan 12 13:30:43 UTC 2012

Quoting Dan Nelson <dnelson at>:

> As far as network traffic info, ifconfig is used for configuring interfaces,
> not monitoring them.  The "netstat -ib" command will give you total bytes
> sent/received per interface, but the best solution is probably to poll them
> with snmp.

Having just been looking into this on this very list I can confirm  
that snmp is the way to go, netstat uses 32bit counters and as a  
result the counter resets far to often to be of any real use (given  
that i'm calculating throughput so amount/time), net-snmp can be  
configured to use 64bit counters and is thus far proving *far* more  

Mike Woods
Full of squishy cynicism

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