For our network we are working on building a new firewall box and we just installed Smoothwall on it to test it out. When I start up the box, before the login prompt even appears, all of the live IP traffic is appearing in the terminal (source/destination IPs, MACs, Ports, etc).

I wait for the boot sequence to finish, but all I see is this IP traffic. The login prompt never comes up. I finally get sick of waiting and press CTRL + C and it says "Entering Run Level 3" and then I get a login prompt finally.

Once I login, the IP traffic continues to fly through the terminal even as I'm trying to type commands.

How do I turn this stuff off? Is this the default setting for Smoothwall to have all this IP traffic going by on the screen? It essentially renders using the terminal to being useless.


Not familiar with SmoothWall but I'll assume it uses IPTables or has similar usage with console display.

The IPTables script I use logs messages to the kernel logs.

On later versions of Debian to suppress the error messages I use

#dmesg -n 1

For red hat you could try

# vi /etc/sysconfig/syslog


# /etc/init.d/syslog restart

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Older Versions of Debian

# vi /etc/init.d/klogd and set KLOGD="-c 4"

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I think the solution must lie somewhere in the configuration files of smoothwall.

Otherwise you can just try changing the name of SXX{SmoothWall-service-name} to S99{SmoothWall-service-name}, so that it starts almost after all processes have started...but that should be a last resort.

Look for the S- file inside /etc/rc.d/rc3.d for the runlevel 3.



This ended up being a bug with Smoothwall. I had to boot up the server with all NICs unplugged and then plug them in after the boot up was complete in order to avoid the nonsense. In the end I switched to pfSense anyways. Works way better imo.

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