iptables-save output:

:INPUT DROP [2929:172650]
:OUTPUT ACCEPT [74596344:6265371965]

These are the opening lines of the iptables-save command. What do the numbers in the square brackets mean?

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They are the packet counter and byte counter that you can get live with the iptables -L -v command.

Examples and explanations can be found in the Iptables Tutorial - iptables-save document.

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    Man that was silly of me, thanks for the prompt response. I was searching t'interwebs for the answer but I couldn't find the answer, although I wasn't too sure what search phrase to use. Many thanks Mat.
    – Baldrick
    Nov 23, 2011 at 10:20

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