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Old 09-30-2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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What's Packet Counter?

when i check the iptables manual page on redhat 9.0 box, there is something called "packet counter".

Can u explain me what it is? and why we use it?

Old 10-01-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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I'm no expert here. I may be corrected by someone who knows more than me. That said;

When things go across the net, they are in little fragments, called, you guessed it, packets. They vary in size. The packets are counted, especially for web pages and such, to insure that you got the whole thing. If it says there are 500 packets and you only have 450, it gets those other 50 or gives you a boo boo message.

Now maybe some other person can explain it better than me.

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If you type iptables -vL the first field for each entry in the output of the packet counter. This will be the number of packets matched to that particular rule. Here's an example with the number of packets in bold:

[root@123 root]# iptables -vL
Chain INPUT (policy DROP 161 packets, 45718 bytes) 
pkts  bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination         
10509   13M ACCEPT     all  --  lo     any     anywhere             anywhere            
14466 2160K ACCEPT     all  --  any    any          anywhere
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hmmmm. This is strange:

root@smoker /#iptables -vL
-bash: iptables: command not found
root@smoker /#
Looks like I need to install something. Naaa. It works.



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