Subject: Re: ipf counting and rrdtool
To: Gwilym Evans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 07/11/2001 11:34:53
[ On Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 19:49:39 (+1000), Gwilym Evans wrote: ]
> Subject: ipf counting and rrdtool
> Since my ISP has recently imposed a 3gb/m limit on my ADSL (with loosely
> defined 'free' sites) I was considering making a setup to use ipf and
> rrdtool to keep tabs on my hourly/daily usage.
Don't use rrdtool (or mrtg) -- it cannot keep track of actual
bulk-transfer usage. RRDtool only keeps averages, not totals. I'm not
an expert in its direct usage, but from what I know you can't even
coerce it into keeping totals....
(well, you're welcome to use rrdtool, eg. in the guise of cricket, to
measure your average bandwidth utilisation over time, of course!)
> ipacct is good, but not right for what I need, so if anyone has an rrdtool
> based setup going already, feel free to let me know :)
ipacct does very much more what you need to do, though it does of course
have much finer-grained accounting than you need....
Greg A. Woods
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