netdev plugin

This plugin provides an interface to the /proc/net/dev file.


netdev(device, key, delay)parse /proc/net/dev
netdev::fast(device, key, delay)parse /proc/net/dev without regex support

'device' is a valid network device name, e.g. 'eth0' (do a 'cat /proc/net/dev' for valid names on your system)

The 'key' parameter does not have any fixed values, but is taken as a column search key into the /proc/net/dev file. Common keys are 'Rx_bytes' or 'Tx_packets'. Do a 'cat /proc/net/dev' to see which keys are available on your system. Note that every column header is prefixed with either 'Rx_' (Receive) or 'Tx_' (Transmit).

The 'delay' value specifies a period of time (in milliseconds) for a delta computation. If you use a delta of 0 (zero), you get the absolute values (same as in /proc/net/dev). For delay values > 0 you get the delta value in 1/sec unit. Using a delta value of 500 msec seems to be a good choice.

Note that the 'device' field is interpreted as a 'regular expression' (regex), if you use a regex you get the sum of all matching devices (e.g. 'netdev ('eth.', 'Tx_bytes', 500)' will return the sum of transmitted bytes for eth0, eth1, eth2, ...)

The only difference between netdev() and netdev::fast() is that netdev::fast() does not support regular expressions and therefore takes less cpu time.


Widget Eth0Bar {
    class 'Bar'
    expression  netdev('eth0', 'Rx_bytes', 500)
    expression2 netdev('eth0', 'Tx_bytes', 500)
    length 14	
    direction 'E'
    update 100

Last modified 12 years ago Last modified on 04/03/05 09:31:38