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Old 12-23-2008, 01:56 AM   #1
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Transfer Aboard!! All hands man your battle stations!!

Hey guys,
I thought I would introduce myself before I start butting in with loads of rude questions My name is Martyn and I'm 23 years of age, currently on my first year at University studying Computer Networking and Internet Technology. Most of my course is based on Windblows Server 2003 (and the O.S.I model //slitwrist) but I felt as if I was like a trapped animal when it came to certain aspects of that OS. So here I am, free as a bird!!! (penguin is a bird isn't it? I'll need to ask tux about that later if I can find him...

I have been trolling for a number of days, since I was new to the OS, I didn't want to be jumping in and asking things like "what's sudo mean and what's it do? duhhh *droool hanging from lower lip*". So far I have managed to "break" my Ubuntu several times in the learning process but its all been fun so far It did take me a while getting used to the whole unpacking, compiling, installing process but I finally got there !!!

Thats my story and my current problem is trying to find a tool that can can give me a visual outlook on the network resources (Ip Traffic mostly) that a process or application is using, without having to install MySQL, a server and a client to monitor it. I used to have Sygate personal firewall on Windows, which was nice.. but lacked some features.

Anyways, if anyone could point me in the right direction, It would be more than appreciated!!!

Thanks guys and great to amongst you all ^_^

p.s, If I came across as an eccentric immature kid who talks a lot, your probably not far off the truth, but hell, check the time of this post and I'm GMT!!

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Old 12-23-2008, 02:22 AM   #2
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IPTraf is an ncurses-based IP LAN monitor that generates
various network statistics including TCP info, UDP counts,
ICMP and OSPF information, Ethernet load info, node stats,
IP checksum errors, and others.
Old 12-23-2008, 02:25 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for your very prompt response Craigevil! Sounds like just the trick!!!

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Old 12-23-2008, 02:53 AM   #4
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IPTraf is the exact information I was looking for, do you know if this type of data comes with a friendly gui? something along the lines of say a graph? I know Network History in the System monitor gives this, but it is very limited. All help is very appreciated. I send my loves from Bonnie Scotland!
Old 12-23-2008, 07:27 AM   #5
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MRTG should be more what you are looking for. However, if you want extremely granular and very accurate numbers, then this mix of iptraf and rrdtool are what you're after. It's probably a bit dated now, but mostly accurate.
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You may also want to take a look at Ntop, it gives great visual displays and is all viewable on web if set-up correctly.

I found it a great little tool when i was looking at the same things as you not long ago. Just set it up and then view whats going on from any computer that has a browser.



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