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       capstats - print statistics about the current load on a network interface


       capstats [ options ] -i interface


       This manual page documents briefly the capstats command.

       capstats is a program that prints statistics about the current load on a network interface
       using libpcap.  It reports statistics per time interval and/or for the tool's  total  run-

       Here's an example output with output in one-second intervals until CTRL-C is hit:

       >capstats -i eth0 -I 1
       1186620936.890567 pkts=12747 kpps=12.6 kbytes=10807 mbps=87.5 nic_pkts=12822 nic_drops=0
       u=960 t=11705 i=58 o=24 nonip=0
       1186620937.901490 pkts=13558 kpps=13.4 kbytes=11329 mbps=91.8 nic_pkts=13613 nic_drops=0
       u=1795 t=24339 i=119 o=52 nonip=0
       1186620938.912399 pkts=14771 kpps=14.6 kbytes=13659 mbps=110.7 nic_pkts=14781 nic_drops=0
       u=2626 t=38154 i=185 o=111 nonip=0
       1186620939.012446 pkts=1332 kpps=13.3 kbytes=1129 mbps=92.6 nic_pkts=1367 nic_drops=0
       u=2715 t=39387 i=194 o=112 nonip=0
       === Total
       1186620939.012483 pkts=42408 kpps=13.5 kbytes=36925 mbps=96.5 nic_pkts=1 nic_drops=0
       u=2715 t=39387 i=194 o=112 nonip=0


       These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options  starting  with
       two dashes (`-').  A summary of options is included below.

       -i, --interface interface
              Listen on interface

       -d, --dag
              Use native DAG API if capstats was built with DAG support.

       -f, --filter filter
              BPF filter

       -I, --interval secs
              Stats logging interval

       -l, --syslog
              Use syslog rather than print to stderr

       -n, --number count
              Stop after outputting count intervals

       -p, --payload n
              Verifies that packets' payloads consist entirely of bytes of the given value.

       -q, --quiet count
              Suppress output, exit code indicates >= count packets received.

       -S, --size size
              Verify packets to have given size

       -s, --snaplen size
              Use pcap snaplen size

       -v, --version
              Print version and exit

       -w, --write filename
              Write packets to filename




       capstats was written by Robin Sommer <>

       This  manual  page  was written by Justin Azoff <>, for the Debian
       project (but may be used by others).

                                         January 15, 2010                             CAPSTATS(8)