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       trafshow - full screen show network traffic


       trafshow  [-vpnb]  [-a  len] [-c conf] [-i name] [-s str] [-u port] [-R
       refresh] [-P purge] [-F file | expr]


       TrafShow is a  simple  interactive  program  that  gather  the  network
       traffic  from all libpcap-capable interfaces to accumulate it in memory
       cache, and then separately display it on appropriated curses window  in
       line-narrowed  manner  as a list of network flows sorted by throughput.
       Display updates occurs nearly in real  time,  asynchronously  from  the
       data collecting. It look like a live show of traffic flows. Any kind of
       network traffic are mixed together in  the  one  live-show  screen,  an
       Ethernet, IP, etc.
       Hint: Please press `H' key inside a show to get brief help!

       The  IP  traffic  can  be aggregated by netmask prefix bits and service
       ports  to  reorganize  a  heap  of  trivial  flows  into  the  treelike
       hierarchies suitable for human perception. The user can glance over the
       list of resulting flows and select at their to browse  detail.  So  you
       can  deepen  into  the  traffic  inheritance  hierarchy and inspect the
       packets of each trivial flow  in  variety  of  presentations:  raw-hex,
       ascii, time-stamp.
       The  program  make  aggregation automatically when number of flows will
       exceed some reasonable amount. Just a few seconds after launch  may  be
       required  for  adaptation to your volume of traffic.  Use -a len option
       (see below) to overwrite the default behaviour.

       TrafShow also listens on UDP port (9995 by default) for diverse feeders
       of  Cisco Netflow and then separately display the collected data in the
       same manner as described above. The following versions of  Netflow  are
       currently  supported:  V1,  V5,  V7.  Use -u port option (see below) to
       overwrite the default behaviour.

       This program may be  found  wonderful  at  lest  to  locate  suspicious
       traffic  on  the  net  very quickly on demand, or to evaluate real time
       traffic  bandwidth  utilization,   in   a   simplest   and   convenient
       environment.  But it is not intended for collecting and analysis of the
       network traffic for a long period of time, nor for billing!

       The program pretend to be IPv6 compatible and ready to using, but it is
       not tested enough. You can define INET6 to do so.


       -v     Print detailed version information and exit.

       -p     Do not put interface(s) into promiscuous mode.

       -n     Do  not  convert  numeric  values to names (host addresses, port
              numbers, etc.).  The mode can be toggled On/Off during a show by
              pressing the `N' key.

       -b     To  place  a  backflow  entries  near to the main streams in the
              sorted list of traffic flows.
              Note: this mode can  raise  the  system  load  dangerously  high
              because it take a lot of CPU cycles!

       -a len To  aggregate  traffic  flows  using IP netmask prefix len. This
              option also turn on service ports aggregation. The len  expected
              as  number  of bits in the network portion of IP addresses (like
              CIDR).  The aggragation len can be  changed  during  a  show  by
              pressing the `A' key, and turned Off by empty string.
              Hint: Please use 0 to reduce output just for network services.

       -c conf
              Use   alternate   color   config   file   instead   of   default

       -i name
              Listen on the specified network interface name.  If unspecified,
              TrafShow collect data from all network interfaces, configured UP
              in the system. In the last case the system  must  supply  enough
              number of packet capture devices (like /dev/bpf#).

       -s str To search and follow for list item matched by string, moving the
              cursor bar. The found item try to stay highlighted. The mode can
              be  turned Off by `Ctrl-/' key press or [re]entered again by `/'
              key directly in the live show.

       -u port
              Listen on the specified UDP port number for  the  Cisco  Netflow
              feed.  The default port number is 9995.
              Hint: Please use 0 to disable this functionality.

       -R refresh
              Set  the  refresh  period  of data show to seconds, 2 seconds by
              default. This option can be changed during a  show  by  pressing
              the `R' key.

       -P purge
              Set  the  expired  data  purge  period to seconds, 10 seconds by
              default. This option can be changed during a  show  by  pressing
              the `P' key.

       -F file
              Use file as input for the filter expression.

       expr   Select  which  packets  will  be  displayed. If no expression is
              given, all packets on the net will be displayed. Otherwise, only
              packets for which expression is `true' will be displayed.
              The  filter  expression can be changed during a show by pressing
              the `F' key, and turned Off by empty string.
              Please see tcpdump(1) man page for syntax of filter expression.


              The default colors configuration file if any.

              The personal file with the user defined colors.


       If TrafShow has been compiled with  modern  curses  libraries  such  as
       Slang  or  Ncurses  it  been able to show colored traffic on the color-
       capable terminal. Hopefully, no special  actions  required  to  install
       them because your system has it by default (leastwise last years).

       The syntax of TrafShow color configuration file as follow:

       default fcolor:bcolor
              Set the default screen background color-pair

       port[/proto] fcolor:bcolor
              Set color pattern by service port

       [proto] src[/mask][,port] dst[/mask][,port] fcolor:bcolor
              Set color pattern by pair of source and destination addresses

       The  tokens  *, any, or all matchs ANY in the pattern.  Where fcolor is
       foreground color and bcolor is background color.
       The fcolor and bcolor may be one of the following:

       black red green yellow blue magenta cyan white
              It posible to indicate color as number from 0 to 7.

       The upper-case Fcolor mean bright on.  The upper-case Bcolor mean blink


       pcap(3), tcpdump(1), bpf(4)


       Thanks  to  Van  Jacobson <van(at)> and Steven McCanne
       <mccanne(at)>, all of  Lawrence  Berkeley  Laboratory,
       University of California, Berkeley.  Special thank to Jun-ichiro itojun
       Hagino <itojun(at)> for IPv6 patches.


       Vladimir Vorobyev <bob(at)>.


       Depending of traffic volume, TrafShow can take a lot of CPU cycles  and
       It  is  impossible  to  use  packet matching expressions in the NetFlow

                                   May 2004                        TRAFSHOW(1)

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