I'm testing my linux server with the command netstat -i.

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I just want to know what enp2s0f0 means. Each time that I execute netstat -i, its RX-OK and TX-OK always increase. What does this mean?


enp2s0f0 - is your primary network interface. About the convention of naming network interfaces you can read on wiki.

The RX-OK/ERR/DRP/OVR columns give statistics about the packets that have been received by the interface. OK stands for packets correctly received.

TX-OK stands for packets correctly transmitted respectively.

Counters always increase for 'TX-OK', it means that outgoing traffic is bigger than incoming for your server.

  • Both counters increase with time: received packets increase RX-OK and transmitted packets increase TX-OK. E.g. in the screenshot, 11 packets were received and 8 were transmitted. Why do you think that ougoing traffic is bigger than incoming? – NickD Dec 26 '17 at 1:35
  • So does it mean that my server has always communication with the Internet or LAN? If I cut off the ethernet cable, it will stop increasing? – Yves Dec 26 '17 at 1:39
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    @Nick, yes you are right about these screenshots that 11 packets were received and 8 were transmitted. I meant overall statistics. Yves, yes, the server has network activity continuously. After unplugging Ethernet cable, counters will stop increase. – Gnat Dec 26 '17 at 1:46

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