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  1. data usage monitor

    Ok I am looking for a simple program, ideally console based that will allow me to monitor my total internet usage untill I reset it.

    Basically I have a mobile broadband connection and I would like to monitor my total usage over the month. I am allowed 1gb of data usage, hence why I want to monitor as its not a vast amount and I don't want to get charged.

    Does anyone know of such a program?

    Thank you in advance!
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    Re: data usage monitor

    i don't know if ntop provides that functionality. a quick google search found Blinky too, but again not sure if it does exactly what you need
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    Re: data usage monitor

    I think vnstat is a good program. It must be run as root the first time to create the database for it but can be run as a user after that.

    Install:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install vnstat
    Create DB:
    Code:
    sudo vnstat -u -i <interface>
    (ie sudo vnstat -u -i eth0)

    Then have a look at vnstats man page for displaying what you require. IE to display the traffic in the past month on interface eth0, you would type:
    Code:
    vnstat -m
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    Re: data usage monitor

    vnstat seams to be working great. I have a q though. How long does it define a month? 30 or 31 days?
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    Re: data usage monitor

    I seam to be having trouble to get it to monitor my ppp0 connection:

    Code:
    mark@ubuntu:~$ sudo vnstat -u -i ppp0
    [sudo] password for mark: 
    mark@ubuntu:~$ vnstat -l
    Monitoring eth0...    (press CTRL-C to stop)
    
       getting traffic...Error:
    Unable to get interface statistics.
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    Re: data usage monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by hellomoto View Post
    vnstat seams to be working great. I have a q though. How long does it define a month? 30 or 31 days?
    it does calendar months
    Code:
    $ vnstat -m
    
            eth1
    
               month        rx      |       tx      |    total
            ------------------------+---------------+---------------
              Mar '08     60290 MB  |     38595 MB  |     98886 MB
              Apr '08    229145 MB  |    165124 MB  |    394269 MB
              May '08    111282 MB  |    105101 MB  |    216383 MB
              Jun '08    129706 MB  |    106022 MB  |    235729 MB
              Jul '08     97841 MB  |    127276 MB  |    225118 MB
              Aug '08    121011 MB  |    131409 MB  |    252420 MB
              Sep '08    139039 MB  |    149724 MB  |    288763 MB
              Oct '08      8636 MB  |      7236 MB  |     15872 MB
            ------------------------+---------------+---------------
            estimated    494244 MB  |    414121 MB  |    908365 MB
    and for weeks, it does this calendar week, last calendar week, and last 7 days
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    Re: data usage monitor

    Does it run if you type:
    Code:
    vnstat -l -i eth0

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