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Old 02-09-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Need someone to translate

Please translate, from Linux into English, word by word.

netstat -an > nstat; for i in `cat nstat | grep :80 | awk '{print $5}' | awk -F : '{print $1}' | sort | uniq`; do echo -n "$i = "; cat nstat | grep c $i;done | grep -v "=\0" -

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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I could have something off but I think there's a syntax error with the line you posted, but I believe the intent of the script is clear (for me) so I used this slightly altered version (tested on CentOS 5):

netstat -an > nstat; for i in `cat nstat | grep :80 | awk '{print $5}' | awk -F : '{print $1}' | sort | uniq`; do echo -en "$i = "$(cat nstat | grep -c $i)"\n";done | grep -v "= 0" -

netstat -an > nstat
Write the output of netstat -an to a file called "nstat"; netstat -an will list all network connections using numeric ports rather than symbolic (443 instead of https, 80 instead of http, etc).

cat nstat | grep :80
Print the contents of the nstat file and print only lines containing the string ":80"; this will filter to http web connections.

 | awk '{print $5}'
This parses each line from above using white space as a delimiter and prints the 5th entry; in this case that is the foreign address including the port such as

 | awk -F : '{print $1}'
This further parses the lines from above but now uses the delimiter of ":" and so it prints the 1st item delimited by a colon; this is the IP address such as

 | sort | uniq
Sort these IP addresses and remove duplicates.

 for i in `that list of unique IP addresses from before`; do some stuff; done
Check every one of the unique IP addresses and do something with them

 cat nstat | grep -c $i
The -c option causes grep to count how many lines are matched by the pattern in $i, which in this case is a unique IP address

In my version (and I'm fairly certain the intent of the original)
 echo -en "$i = "$(cat nstat | grep -c $i)"\n"
Print the line:

"[Unique IP] = [Number of times it was found as a web connection]"

And the "\n" is a new line character. The -e option interprets backslash escaped characters like \n here, and -n suppresses the trailing new line. The $( commands ) syntax allows us to make use of the output of whatever is within the parentheses, and in bash we can combined together strings like this by placing them together.

 | grep -v "= 0" -
The -v option for grep inverts matching so it only prints what isn't matched. This goes at the end - after the loop - so once we have this list that we've seen above, only print lines that don't have = 0, so don't print any with no occurrences.

So you're using netstat to find all unique IP addresses connected on the standard http port 80 and count how many times they each occur. Hope this helps.

For reference, while this hopefully helps teach by example (which is how I like to learn myself), in the future you might consider some tips to help disect something like this. If you're unsure what a command does consult its man (manual) page:
man netstat
for instance. If you want to quickly look up an option you can type "/" while on the man page to enter search mode and for instance search for -n or -a; use "n" to find the next match and "N" to find the previous. Also whenever you see a hefty one-liner you're unsure of I recommend doing as I did and split it up into pieces and focus on the purpose of each bit one at a time.

Last edited by Isaac Velando; 02-09-2014 at 07:59 PM.
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I would further add that if you wish to learn more, you should re-write the line as there is a large amount of redundancy and useless cruft that could be removed so it is not nearly as confusing.

As an example, awk would have been able to complete the entire task, so you would not need cat, grep, sort, uniq, file redirection or even the for loop (maybe as have not confirmed required output)
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:46 PM   #5
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Agreed grail. In fact I'd add that awk is worth looking into in depth for anyone doing terminal work as it's basically a (perhaps limited) programming language itself that can accomplish, as grail suggests, a surprising amount by itself.


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