could you add this feature or discuss it at 13.04 Developer Summit?

Brian labishi bni1984 at
Mon Oct 15 18:08:59 UTC 2012

Yeah, I have been exposed to these programs by friends more knowledgable than me. They do show the connections but I find this inadequate because they don't log it. If some application or service connects and then disconnects, I'll only learn of it if I happen to be watching at that time. Lots of things can connect and disconnect when I'm not watching.

Plus if I block outbound connections using the ubuntu-firewall and an application or service wants to use an unorthodox port for something I'll only learn of this if I happen to be watching the terminal at that time. There are times I may want to open that port to allow the connection. other times I may want to keep the port closed. But I have no way of knowing unless I happen to be watching the terminal at the time of it happening.

I do feel the current options are inadequate, so I was hoping this might get discussed at the Summit. Thank you for telling me about these applications though. I enjoy learning all these new things in ubuntu.

Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:37:08 -1000
From: paul at
To: ubuntu-devel-discuss at
Subject: Re: could you add this feature or discuss it at 13.04 Developer	Summit?



      In what kind of context are you looking for this information?  Do
      you have an example tool or screenshot you can provide?

      It's relatively straight forward to find out what is currently
      listening to ports, there are two utilities that have been around
      a while, netstat and ss.  You're better off using the latter as
      netstat is reaching obsolescent, but you may occasionally find
      yourself stumbling across boxes without ss.


      To get a list of both active connections and listening services,
      try "ss -plan".  You'll get lines like the following back (IP
      addresses changed for security reasons):


      LISTEN     0      50                       
      *:3306                     *:*      users:(("mysqld",1384,13))


      ESTAB      0      0         users:(("thunderbird",4152,52))


      The first line, LISTEN, tells you the machine I ran the command on
      is listening for connections on port 3306, which happens to be the
      port MySQL server uses.  The final column gives you the name of
      the program that is related to that connection, which in this case
      confirms it's mysqld.

      The second line ESTAB tells you there is an established connection
      from the machine (local address on the machine) to a
      remote server on, port 143 (IMAP).  The final column
      tells you it's thunderbird running on the machine.  By the way, if
      you're looking to quickly translate ports to services, check
      /etc/services.  It's not an exhaustive list but most of the
      standard ones are in there:


      grep 3306 /etc/services 

      mysql        3306/tcp

      mysql        3306/udp


      Hope this helps in some way,




      On 10/15/2012 07:25 AM, Brian labishi wrote:


        Hi. I'm new to Ubuntu and like it very much. Overall I like
          Ubuntu better than what I used to use, Windows. But one thing
          that I really miss from Windows is the ability to know what
          applications and services are connecting to the internet. In
          Windows I could log this kind of information. But I've asked
          some very knowledgeable computer people for help with Ubuntu
          and I'm told this can't be done on ubuntu. 


            I was hoping that Ubuntu developers might address this
            shortcoming at the summit? I was told this is where these
            kind of things are discussed. 


            I'd like to be able to log what applications & services
            are connecting to the internet when I use Ubuntu. This is
            the feature I would like to have in ubuntu. Much Thanks.





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