rasqlinsert − write argus(8) data into mysql database tables.
rasqlinsert [raoptions] [-- filter-expression]
Rasqlinsert writes argus data into a mysql database.
The principal function of rasqlinsert is to insert and update flow data attributes, into a MySQL database
table. Using the same syntax and strategies for all other ra* programs, rasqlinsert creates databases and
database tables, based on the print specification on the either the command-line or the .rarc file.
The concept is that where a ra* program would print fields to standard out in ascii, rasqlinsert will insert
those fields into the database as attributes. The flow key, as defined by the "-m fields" option, provides the
definition of any keys that would be used in the schema. A "-m none" option, will remove the use of any
DBMS keys for inserted data, and is the method to use when inserting streaming, unprocessed, primitive
argus data into a database table.
The schema is important for database utility and performance. You can use MySQL querys against the
attributes that you insert into the tables, such searching and sorting on IP addresses, time, packet counts,
etc.... While rasqlinsert does not limit you to the number of attributes (columns) per record you provide,
the RDBMS performance will quide you as to how many fields are useful.
Rasqlinsert by default, includes the actual binary argus ’record’ in the schema, and inserts and updates the
binary record when needed. This enables a large number of fucnctions that extend beyond simple RDBMS
schema’s that are useful. Adding the ’record’ is expensive, and some will elect to not use this feature. This
can be controlled using the option ’-s -record’ as a print field option in the standard ra.1 command line.
When the ’record’ attribute is present, rasql.1 can read the records directly from the database, to provide
additional processing on the database table contents.
When keys are used, the database will enforce that any insertions meet the relaitional requirements, i.e. that
the keys be unique. This requirement demands a sense of caching and key tracking, which rasqlinsert is
specifically designed to provide.
Rasqlinsert by default, will append data to existing tables, without checking the schema for consistency. If
your schema has keys, and you attempt to append new records to an existing table, there is a high likelyhood for error, as rasqlinsert will attempt to insert a record that collides with an existing flow key. Use the
"-M cache" option to cause rasqlinsert to reference the table contents prior to aggregation and insertion.
The binary data rasqlinsert inserts by default, is read using rasql.
Rasqlinsert, like all ra based clients, supports a number of ra options including filtering of input argus
records through a terminating filter expression. Rasqlinsert(1) specific options are:
−M cache
This causes rasqlinsert to use the database table as its persistent cache store. This mechanism is used
to control memory use when dealing with large amounts of data and flow keys.
−M drop
This causes rasqlinsert to drop any pre-existing database table that has the same name as the target table name, on startup.
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This invocation writes aggregated argus(8) data from the file into a database table. The standard 5-tuple
fields, ’saddr daddr proto sport dport’ are used as keys for each entry. rasqlinsert will aggregate all the data
prior to inserting the data into the database:
rasqlinsert -r file -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table
Because aggregation can require a lot of memory, rasqlinsert provides an option ’-M cache’ to have
rasqlinsert use the database table as the persistent cache store for the aggregation. With this example, the
standard 5-tuple fields, rasqlinsert will aggregate data over short spans of time as it reads the data from the
file, and then commit the data to the database. If additional data arrives that matches that unique flow,
rasqlinsert will fetch the entry from the database, aggregate, and then update the data entry in the database.
rasqlinsert -M cache -r file -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table
rasqlinsert can provide the same function for streaming data read directly from an argus data source. This
allows rasqlinsert to reassemble all status records for an individual flow, such that the resulting table has
only a single entry for each communciation relationship seen.
rasqlinsert -M cache -S argus -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table
This invocation writes argus(8) data from the file into a database table, without aggregation, by specifying
no relational key in the data.
rasqlinsert -m none -r file -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table
This invocation writes argus(8) data from the stream into a database table, without modification.
rasqlinsert -m none -S argus -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table
This invocation writes argus(8) data from the stream into a daily database table, without modification.
rasqlinsert will generate table names based on time and insert its data relative to the timestamps found in
the flow records it processes. In this specific example, "-M time 1d" specifies daily tables.
rasqlinsert -m none -S argus -w mysql://user@localhost/db/table_%Y_%m_%d -M time 1d
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