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Is it possible to show bytes transfered over time in real-time on an active connection on the command line? I can do netstat and get the bytes at that time, but wonder if it can be adapted to show total number of bytes transfered.

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Depends what you mean by connection. If it is ppp connection, then use ifconfig. If you are referring to TCP connection, the you can use iptraf. If you want for a specific connection and to analyze the traffic use wireshark.

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