Re: ipmasq and howto
From: Oswald Buddenhagen <email@example.com>
>> (Now I'm trying to figure out what's made the difference -- why it is
>> that previously I was seeing specific entries with 'ipchains -M -L'
>> and now I'm not...possibly something's been updated, dunno; as long
>> as things keep working, I'm planning not to worry about it too much.
(I did, thank you; many times -- the man pages, the HOW-TO pages,
and everything I could find, short of daring to ask anyone who might
react by belching forth, "RTFM!!!")
>man ipchains clearly states:
> -M, --masquerading
> This option allows viewing of the currently mas
> queraded connections (in conjuction with the -L
> option) or to set the kernel masqerading parameters
> (with the -S option).
> The emphasis lies on "currently*"! That is, only if a masqueraded host
> hast open connections, something will show up!
Hmm; the actual emphasis lies on "connections which are currently
masqueraded". The word "open" was filled-in for you by your
already-existing understanding of what's going on; it's not present in the
text I was poring over and that you've quoted.
My understanding had reached this far: "Routes exist when no traffic is
moving on them; therefore 'currently masqueraded connections' could mean
'those pathways I've indicated in a masquerading rule, whether there's
traffic on them right now or not'."
Thank you for helping clarify the distinction.
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