rtmon - listens to and monitors RTnetlink
rtmon [ options ] file FILE [ all | LISTofOBJECTS ]
This manual page documents briefly the rtmon command.
rtmon listens on netlink socket and monitors routing table changes.
rtmon can be started before the first network configuration command is issued. For example if you insert:
rtmon file /var/log/rtmon.log
in a startup script, you will be able to view the full history later. Certainly, it is possible to start rtmon at any time. It prepends the history with the state snapshot dumped at the moment of starting.
rtmon supports the following options:
-Version Print version and exit. help Show summary of options. file FILE [ all | LISTofOBJECTS ] Log output to FILE. LISTofOBJECTS is the list of object types that we want to monitor. It may contain link, address, route and all. link specifies the network device, address the protocol (IP or IPv6) address on a device, route the routing table entry and all does what the name says. -family [ inet | inet6 | link | help ] Specify protocol family. inet is IPv4, inet6 is IPv6, link means that no networking protocol is involved and help prints usage information. -4 Use IPv4. Shortcut for -family inet. -6 Use IPv6. Shortcut for -family inet6. -0 Use a special family identifier meaning that no networking protocol is involved. Shortcut for -family link.
# rtmon file /var/log/rtmon.log Log to file /var/log/rtmon.log, then run: # ip monitor file /var/log/rtmon.log to display logged output from file.
rtmon was written by Alexey Kuznetsov <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This manual page was written by Michael Prokop <email@example.com>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).