[netflow-tools] C flowd log example

Damien Miller djm at mindrot.org
Wed Jul 19 11:39:49 EST 2006

On Tue, 18 Jul 2006, Guyon Morée wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm looking for a a simple example on how to read the flowd logfile,
> using the C header included. Als I notice 2 header files, store.h and
> store-v2.h.
> Which one should i use and how?

store.h is the one you should use for new applications. store-v2.h is
the legacy log format. It defines a couple of APIs that you can use
to read flows:

- A FILE* oriented API: store_read_flow() and store_write_flow().
  This is probably the easiest to use, as stdio will take care of 
  buffering, etc. Note that these do not try to back out cleanly 
  when a write error occurs, so they are better suited to reading
  than writing.

- A file-descriptor oriented API: store_get_flow() and store_put_flow().
  These don't do any buffering, but they will back out a failed write. 

- Direct serialisation and deserialisation of flow records to/from 
  memory buffers: store_flow_deserialise(), store_flow_serialise(),
  store_flow_serialise_masked(), store_calc_flow_len(). You might want
  to use these if you need to store binary flow records though something
  other than a file descriptor or FILE*, such as sending or receiving 
  flow records over a Unix domain socket, passing them via shared memory
  or storing them in a database.

Most of these functions take a error buffer (and length) in which they
store an error message on failure.

flowd-reader.c is a pretty good example of how to use the file-descriptor


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