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Manual Reference Pages  -  RWAPPEND (1)

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NAME

rwappend - Append SiLK Flow file(s) to an existing SiLK Flow file

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



  rwappend [--create=[TEMPLATE_FILE]] [--print-statistics]
         [--site-config-file=FILENAME]
         TARGET_FILE SOURCE_FILE [SOURCE_FILE...]

  rwappend --help

  rwappend --version



DESCRIPTION

rwappend reads SiLK Flow records from the specified SOURCE_FILEs and appends them to the TARGET_FILE. If stdin is used as the name of one of the SOURCE_FILEs, SiLK flow records will be read from the standard input.

When the TARGET_FILE does not exist and the --create switch is not provided, rwappend will exit with an error. When --create is specified and TARGET_FILE does not exist, rwappend will create the TARGET_FILE using the same format, version, and byte-order as the specified TEMPLATE_FILE. If no TEMPLATE_FILE is given, the TARGET_FILE is created in the default format and version (the same format that rwcat(1) would produce).

The TARGET_FILE must be an actual file---it cannot be a named pipe or the standard output. In addition, the header of TARGET_FILE must not be compressed; that is, you cannot append to a file whose entire contents has been compressed with gzip (those files normally end in the .gz extension).

OPTIONS

Option names may be abbreviated if the abbreviation is unique or is an exact match for an option. A parameter to an option may be specified as --arg=param or --arg param, though the first form is required for options that take optional parameters.
--create
--create=TEMPLATE_FILE Create the TARGET_FILE if it does not exist. The file will have the same format, version, and byte-order as the TEMPLATE_FILE if it is provided; otherwise the defaults are used. The TEMPLATE_FILE will NOT be appended to TARGET_FILE unless it also appears in as the name of a SOURCE_FILE.
--print-statistics Print to the standard error the number of records read from each SOURCE_FILE and the total number of records appended to the TARGET_FILE.
--site-config-file=FILENAME Read the SiLK site configuration from the named file FILENAME. When this switch is not provided, rwappend searches for the site configuration file in the locations specified in the FILES section.
--help Print the available options and exit.
--version Print the version number and information about how SiLK was configured, then exit the application.

EXAMPLES

In the following examples, the dollar sign ($) represents the shell prompt. The text after the dollar sign represents the command line. Lines have been wrapped for improved readability, and the back slash (\) is used to indicate a wrapped line.

Standard usage where the file to append to, results.rw, exists:



 $ rwappend results.rw sample5.rw sample6.rw



To append files sample*.rw to results.rw, or to create results.rw using the same format as the first file argument (note that sample1.rw must be repeated):



 $ rwappend results.rw --create=sample1.rw          \
        sample1.rw sample2.rw



If results.rw does not exist, the following two commands are equivalent:



 $ rwappend --create results.rw sample1.rw sample2.rw

 $ rwcat sample1.rw sample2.rw > results.rw



ENVIRONMENT

SILK_CONFIG_FILE This environment variable is used as the value for the --site-config-file when that switch is not provided.
SILK_DATA_ROOTDIR This environment variable specifies the root directory of data repository. As described in the FILES section, rwappend may use this environment variable when searching for the SiLK site configuration file.
SILK_PATH This environment variable gives the root of the install tree. When searching for configuration files, rwappend may use this environment variable. See the FILES section for details.

FILES

${SILK_CONFIG_FILE}
${SILK_DATA_ROOTDIR}/silk.conf
/data/silk.conf
${SILK_PATH}/share/silk/silk.conf
${SILK_PATH}/share/silk.conf
/usr/local/share/silk/silk.conf
/usr/local/share/silk.conf Possible locations for the SiLK site configuration file which are checked when the --site-config-file switch is not provided.

SEE ALSO

rwcat(1), silk(7)

BUGS

When a SOURCE_FILE contains IPv6 flow records and the TARGET_FILE only supports IPv4 records, rwappend converts IPv6 records that contain addresses in the ::ffff:0:0/96 prefix to IPv4 and writes them to the TARGET_FILE. rwappend silently ignores IPv6 records having addresses outside of that prefix.

rwappend makes some attempts to avoid appending a file to itself (which would eventually exhaust the disk space) by comparing the names of files it is given; it should be smarter about this.

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SiLK 3.11.0.1 RWAPPEND (1) 2016-04-05

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