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       bmon - bandwidth monitor and rate estimator


       bmon   [--show-all]   [--use-si]   [--input=MODULE]   [--output=MODULE]


       bmon is a monitoring and debugging tool to capture  networking  related
       statistics  and  prepare  them  visually  in  a  human friendly way. It
       features various output methods including an  interactive  curses  user
       interface and a programmable text output for scripting.


        -h, --help
           Prints a short help text and exits.

        -V, --version
           Prints the versioning identifier and exits.

        -i, --input=MODULE[:OPTIONS][,MODULE...]
           Set  list of input modules to load and use. Multiple modules can be
           used in parallel. bmon automatically loads  a  useful  and  working
           input module by default. See INPUT MODULES for more details.

        -o, --ouptutMODULE[:OPTIONS][,MODULE...]
           Set list of output modules to load and use. Multiple modules can be
           used in parallel. By default, bmon will use the curses output mode,
           if  that  is  not  available due to an incompatible console it will
           fall back to a simple  text  mode.  See  OUTPUT  MODULES  for  more

        -U, --use-si
           Use  SI  unit  system  (1KB  =  1'000 bytes) instead of 1KB = 1'024

        -f, --configfile=FILE
           Set alternative path to configuration file.

        -p, --policy=POLICY
           Set policy  defining  which  network  interfaces  to  display.  See
           INTERFACE SELECTION for more details.

        -a, --show-all=
           Display  all  interfaces,  even interface that are administratively

        -r, --read-interval=FLOAT
           Set interval in seconds in which input modules read statistics from
           their source. The default is 1.0 seconds.

        -R, --rate-interval=FLOAT
           Set   interval  in  seconds  in  which  the  rate  per  counter  is
           calculated.  The default is 1.0 seconds.

        -b, --use-bit
           Show rates in bits per second instead of bytes per second.

        -L, --lifetime=FLOAT
           Set lifetime of an element  in  seconds  before  it  is  no  longer
           displayed without receiving any statistical updates. The default is
           30 seconds.


       Input modules provide statistical data  about  elements.  Each  element
       consists  of  attributes  which  represents  a  counter,  a  rate, or a
       percentage. Elements may carry additional child elements to represent a
       hierarchy.  Each  element  is  assigned to a group defined by the input
       module. Input modules are polled in the  frequence  of  the  configured
       read interval.

       The following input modules are available:

              Uses  the  Netlink  protocol  to  collect  interface and traffic
              control statistics from the kernel. This is  the  default  input

       proc   Reads  interface statistics from the /proc/net/dev file. This is
              considered  a  legacy  interface  and  provided  for   backwards
              compatibily  reasons.  This  is a fallback module if the Netlink
              interface is not available.

       dummy  Programmable input module for debugging and testing purposes.

       null   No data collected.

       To receive additional information about a module, run the  module  with
       the "help" option set like this:

           bmon -i netlink:help

       See MODULE CONFIGURATION for more details.


       Output  modules  display  or  export  the statistical data collected by
       input modules. Multiple output modules can be run  at  the  same  time.
       bmon  will  not  prevent  possible  conflicts  such  as multiple output
       modules writing to the console.

       The following output modules exist:

       curses Interactive curses based text user interface providing real time
              rate   estimations   and  a  graphical  representatio  nof  each
              attribute. Press '?'  to display the quick reference guide. This
              is the default output mode.

       ascii  Simple  programmable text output intended for human consumption.
              Capable of printing list of interfaces,  detailed  counters  and
              graphs  to the console. This is the default fallback output mode
              if curses is not available.

       format Fully scriptable output mode inteded for  consumption  by  other
              programs.  See the module help text for additional information.

       null   Disable output.

       To  receive  additional information about a module, run the module with
       the "help" option set like this:

           bmon -o curses:help

       See MODULE CONFIGURATION for more details.


       The syntax to configure modules is as follows:

           ARGUMENT ::= mod1[:OPTS][,mod2[:OPTS]...]
           OPTS     ::= OPTION[;OPTION...]
           OPTION   ::= option[=value]

       Run the module with option "help" to receive the list  of  options  for
       each module:

           bmon -i module:help


       The following syntax is used to define the interface selection policy:

           SELECTION ::= NAME[,NAME[,...]]
           NAME      ::= [!]interface

       The  interface  name  may contain the character '*' which will act as a
       wildcard and represents any number of any character  type,  e.g.  eth*,
       h*0, ...




       To run bmon in curses mode monitoring the interfaces eth0 and eth1:

           bmon -p eth0,eth1 -o curses




       ip(8), netstat(8), ifconfig(8), netlink(7),


       Thomas Graf <> among others