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       rlm_counter - FreeRADIUS Module


       The  rlm_counter  module  provides  a general framework to allow access
       based on accumulated usage of a resource, such as total time online  in
       a given period, total data transferred in a given period, etc.  This is
       very useful in a ’Prepaid Service’ situation, where a user has paid for
       a  finite  amount  of  usage and should not be allowed to use more than
       that service.  Collection, monitoring,  and  replenishment  of  prepaid
       services are beyond the scope of this module.

       The main configuration items to be aware of are:

              The filename where the usage data is stored.

       key    An  attribute  which will be present in the Access-Request to be
              used as the ’index’ value for the counter. A  counter  entry  is
              tracked  for each unique key.  The most likely key you will want
              to use is User-Name.

              An attribute which will be used to increment the counter  value.
              If  this  attribute is Acct-Session-Time or an integer value the
              counter data is incremented by the  Attribute  value.   For  all
              other attribute types the counter is incremented by one.

       reset  How  frequently the counter data should be set back to 0.  Valid
              values for this variable are: hourly,  daily,  weekly,  monthly,
              ornever  Alternatively,  it  can  be  user defined, in the form:
              num[hdwm].  num is a numeric value, followed by one or  none  of
              the  following letters.  h: hours, d: days, w: weeks, m: months.

              This defines an attribute name which will be registered  by  the
              counter  module and can be used to set the maximum allowed value
              for the counter after which the user  is  rejected.   If  Daily-
              Session-Time  is  set,  you  can use the following syntax in the
              Users file to set a cap of 3600 seconds ( 8 hours ):

       DEFAULT Max-Daily-Session := 3600

              This can be used to  only  apply  the  limitations  to  specific
              service types of sessions.  For example, setting this to Framed-
              User will only apply the  counter  module  to  Framed  sessions,
              excluding other types such as Telnet or Rlogin.

              The  maximum  size  of  the cache to be used by the module.  The
              default is 1000.


       This module registers an attribute,  so  it  should  be  added  to  the
       instantiate  section, to be called on server startup.  When used in the
       authorize section, it must come after any modules which set the ’check-
       name’ attribute.


       instantiate, authorize, accounting




       radiusd(8), radiusd.conf(5) rlm_sqlcounter(5)


       Chris Parker,

                                 13 March 2004                  rlm_counter(5)