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Manual Reference Pages  -  WMNET (1)


wmnet - Network Statistics Monitor for WindowMaker




wmnet [ -v ] [ -i <name> ] [ -u <delay> ] [ -h ]


wmnet is a WindowMaker that graphically displays network traffic. The data throughput is sampled once a second and displayed on a scrolling graph.

The application window is divided into three sections.
Graph Most of the window consists of the graph. This graph shows the profile of the network traffic. Every second the contents are scrolled to the left as a new data point is added to the right hand side. The graph itself is divided into two sections. The upper half displays the incoming traffic, the lower half handles the outgoing traffic. Both portions are displayed at the same scale. The scale is set to the maximum data rate that’s displayed in the window. This scale is also displayed as a number and is shown in the lower left corner of the graph.
Label The upper left section displays the currently selected interface. To switch to a different interface, click anywhere in the label.
Status The upper right section contains three LEDs. The leftmost LED, when "lit", indicates the current interface is up. The middle LED indicates the current interface is running. The rightmost LED is red and indicates the current interface is in promiscuous mode.
One final note: Even though this is intended to be a WindowMaker application, it still should work under other window managers.


wmnet supports several command line options:
-v Displays the current version and then exits.
-i <name> Specifies the network interface that should be displayed.
-u <delay> Specifies the delay between samples. The delay is given in seconds and defaults to 1 second between samples.
-h Print out help text.


This program started as a port of WMiFS. The original version was written for Linux and had Linux-specific code scattered throughout the source.

Although this version is BSD-specific, all the statistic gathering routines are in a separate module. All information is obtained through the module’s interface. It’s now easier to port WMNet to Linux than it is to port WMiFS to BSD!


Copyright (C) 1998 Richard M. Neswold, Jr.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.


Rich Neswold <>

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Version 1.0-beta WMNET (1) 31 August 1998

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