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I trying to configure vnstat...and anyway when I do vnstat -u it does say it updates but data does not change...if I do vnstat -l for live view and then go out of it and do vnstat -u it does update

Is there a way I can do it without being in live all the time?

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# chown -R vnstat:vnstat /var/lib/vnstat

/var/lib/vnstat/.eth0 is temp file, that may disappear sometimes.

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Type "ps aux | grep vnstat" in a terminal

You should see a line like this:

root 1091 0.0 0.0 1956 596 ?  Ss   17:21   0:00 /usr/sbin/vnstatd -d

If not, it means the update daemon is not running.
Several causes:
- the computer was not rebooted since you installed vnstat
- the daemon is not installed (type "ll /etc/init.d/vnstat" and check that no error message is returned)

As soon as the daemon is running with default settings, you will have updates of stats every 5 minutes. Just type "vnstat" at 5 minutes intervall to validate (check the first line "Database updated ")

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