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Linux(CENTOS) Bandwidth usage monitoring by ip

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Say, My friend an I are sharing the same server. We each run our traffic via seperate IP's. What software an you suggest to monitor our bandwidth usage. We require our individual usage from 22nd to 21st of the next months.
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I'd use ntop to do this....If you are proxying all protocols on the same server this will make it easier....it'll give you a breakdown by protocol too...
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by:shaunwingin
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Tx, but how will I know the usage over a month period?
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I was mistaken as to what ntop waas. Trying to install ntop - 3.3.9 on CENTOS5.2 64 bit
install goes through untill make install but returns error when run make install-data-as
make: *** No rule to make target `install-data-as'.  Stop.

and if I run it with
/usr/local/bin/ntop -d -L -u ntop -P /usr/local/var/ntop --skip-version-check --use-syslog=daemon
I get
Sun Jul  5 23:56:16 2009  NOTE: Interface merge enabled by default
Sun Jul  5 23:56:16 2009  Initializing gdbm databases
[root@messaging ntop-3.3.9]# Error Opening file ./GeoLiteCity.dat
Error Opening file ./GeoIPASNum.dat

Please help
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By the way ntop is running even though we getting above errors.
How can I run a command line veriosn to display utp traffic to a specific ip for example and sum this over a specific period?
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The error you are getting relates to the GeoIP reporting area of ntop...you should be fine using for your purposes without (it just allows ntop to report on the countries you are connecting to/from). If you want to fix these errors though, download these files and recompile:

http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCity.dat.gz
http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/asnum/GeoIPASNum.dat.gz

If you go to All Protocols within the web interface you should be able to see traffic to and from specific hosts for a given period (either UDP or TCP)
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by:shaunwingin
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Tx. Is there a way to get this info from the command line. I can't get web access from the outside to the server. I used lynx to see the web stats but it is very hard to figure out whats going on with it.
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by:Roachy1979
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if you can ssh to the box you can set it up as a socks proxy.  Just ssh to the Centos box with the

ssh -D 9999 username@ipaddress

Then set your browser to use localhost port 9999 as the proxy address.....you will then be browsing using the Centos box as a proxy....so you'll be able to browse to http://serverip:3000 to see ntop graphs....

Unfortunately there used to be a module called intop for ntop that allowed command line output but that doesn't seem to exist any more....



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by:shaunwingin
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Tx. Can you tell me how to setup the Tunnel in Putty as I login from a Windows box.
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No problem  - have a look at:

http://vectrosecurity.com/content/view/67/26/

Obviously it doesn't matter what port you use (as long as it's not used by something else or allocated to another service) the guide above uses 9853, I generally use 9999 but it's your call...

Hope this helps

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by:shaunwingin
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Still trying to ssh in...Will get back to you.
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Still to test
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Still to test...
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No worries !
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"If you go to All Protocols within the web interface you should be able to see traffic to and from specific hosts for a given period (either UDP or TCP)" Can I specify the period I wish to see?
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