ipfm.conf - IP Flow Meter configuration file
ipfm.conf is ipfm(8) configuration file.
A hash mark (‘‘#’’) indicates that the end of the line is a comment and
it will be ignored.
The configuration rules will be interpreted from the end, and the first
matching rule will be used, unless specified here.
IPFM uses local and global variables, so it can manage multiple logs
(different time delay, different hosts, different log filename ...) at
the same time.
Global variables will be used for all logs and local variables will
only be used in the log being defined.
Syntax : DEVICE <device-name>
is the device on witch ipfm will log packets. IPFM monitors only
Syntax : [UTC|local]
This decides if IPFM will use UTC or local time in its outputs (log
filename and the timestamp inside the file). Default is local.
Note that IPFM works internally with UTC, and that the dates entered in
the config file are UTC (see AFTER Syntax).
Syntax : NEWLOG
This creates a new log entry, where you can define new local variables.
HOSTS TO LOG
ipfm logs only specified hosts.
Syntax: LOG [[NONE|FROM|TO|BOTH] <host>] [[NOT] WITH <host>]
NONE do not log anything from or to this <host>
FROM do log packets from this <host>
TO do log packets to this <host>
BOTH (default) do log packets from and to this <host>
<host> can be :
x.x.x.x : an IP. x.x.x.x/x.x.x.x : an IP followed by
a subnet mask.
WITH specifies if the packet is ignored (NOT WITH) or logged (WITH),
in function of the second IP present in the packet.
LOG 10.10.10.0/255.255.255.0 NOT WITH 10.10.10.1
will log any packets from or to hosts in subnet
10.10.10.0/255.255.255.0, except packets involving host
LOG WITH 10.10.10.23
will log any packets in relation with host 10.10.10.23
will log everything.
OUTPUT TIME DELAY
ipfm outputs its statistics every fixed period, with the ability to fix
an exact time origin and offset, in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Syntax: DUMP EVERY <time> [AFTER <time>]
<time> is composed of :
Default DUMP time is 24 hours
Default AFTER time is 0 seconds
DUMP EVERY 30 minutes
will dump the stats every 30 minutes at x:00 and x:30.
DUMP EVERY 1 hour AFTER 7 minutes
will dump the stats every hour, at 0:07, 1:07, 2:07, and so on,
regardless of the time at which ipfm was launched.
DUMP EVERY 1 day AFTER 14 hours
will dump data every day, at 14:00:00 UTC (for France localtime
(during the summer), at 16:00:00 +0200)
You may want to clear your statistics sometimes, or after each dump.
Syntax : CLEAR [ ALWAYS | NEVER | EVERY <time> [AFTER <time>] ]
<time> is composed of :
Default CLEAR mode is ALWAYS. Default AFTER time is 0 seconds.
Note that both time values MUST be a multiple of the DUMP delay.
Also, this line MUST come after the DUMP line.
will clear the stats after every DUMP.
will never clear the stats, which means you are doing
CLEAR EVERY 30 minutes
will clear the stats every 30 minutes at x:00 and x:30. Note
that if your DUMP line had an AFTER value such as 3 minutes,
this rule will clear the stats at x:03 and x:33.
CLEAR EVERY 1 hour AFTER 10 minutes
will clear the stats every hour, at 0:10, 1:10, 2:10, and so
on. Note that if your DUMP line had an AFTER value such as 3
minutes, this rule will clear the stats at 0:13, 1:13, 2:13 and
Every delay, ipfm writes its output into a file, which name is
specified by the rule FILENAME
Syntax: FILENAME <filemask>
is a quoted string (eg. "/path/to/filename") that is parsed
using strftime(3) syntax.
Default FILENAME is /var/log/ipfm/%d-%b.%H-%M
NOTE : The file will be overwritten without any check.
You can activate or deactivate reverse DNS in the output file.
WARNING : activating reverse DNS can delay a lot the production of the
log file, due to DNS timeouts.
Syntax : [RESOLVE|NORESOLVE]
Default is NORESOLVE
SORT OUTPUT FILE
ipfm can sort output file depending on IN, OUT or TOTAL.
Syntax : SORT IN|OUT|TOTAL
Default is to sort nothing. Please note that this option could delay a
the production of the log file.
SET PROMISCUOUS MODE
You can choose to log all packets on the network (default) or only
packets which destination is your network device.
This option could also be useful if you wish to set the promiscuous
mode yourself (ifconfig eth0 [-]promisc), as the promisc mode is very
badly handled under Linux.
Please note that under Linux, if you run a program that sets the
promiscuous mode (for example tcpdump), ipfm will also see its network
interface set into promiscuous mode.
Default is PROMISC
APPEND OR REPLACE LOG FILES
You can choose to append the output to an existing logfile or to
replace the old file by a new one.
Syntax : APPEND|REPLACE
Default is REPLACE
Robert CHERAMY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Andres KRAPF <email@example.com>
Last change: 26 October 2000