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CIDR Server

Last updated March 2020

The cidr_server is part of a cluster console installation. It queries the data created by an as_logger module and displays the result in the cluster console. The cidr_server is run as a daemon, so it starts automatically whenever the host server is rebooted. To start this service after installation, issue the command


At any time you may start, stop, or restart the cidr_server using

/opt/msys/ecelerity/bin/cidr_server_ctl option


The cidr_server listens on port 9000.

cidr_cli Utility

The command-line utility cidr_cli offers the same functions as cidr_server. To invoke this interface enter


This changes the cursor to cidr>, opening the cidr shell.

From this command-line interface, you can have immediate and customized access to data created by the as_logger. The syntax used to query these data files is described in the following sections.

cidr_cli Grammar

The expressions that can be used within the cidr shell are listed below.

list ::="show available"
show ::="show count for" cidr "in" seriesname query
cidr ::=ip/mask
seriesname ::=seriesunion
serieslist ::=series (, series )*
seriesunion ::="union(" serieslist ")"
series ::=word
query ::=(queryparams)*
queryparams ::=datespec
datespec ::=fromto
fromto ::="from" date "to" date
since ::="since" date
on ::="on" date
date ::=iso8601-date-format
cidrsize ::="cidrsize" num "to" num
order ::="order by cidr"
aggregate ::="aggregate daily"
limit ::="limit" num
threshold ::="threshold" num


This component fully supports IPv6 addresses.

IPv6 addresses are much more flexible than IPv4 addresses in terms of their formatting options. They also use a different delimiter character than IPv4 addresses (a colon instead of a period). This means that in certain contexts, an IPv6 address can create parsing ambiguities.

The accepted convention is to require that, in circumstances where a configuration parameter can also contain something other than an IP address, that an IPv6 address must be enclosed in square brackets. In practical terms, this means that things like the Gateway, Routes, and Listen options must have IPv6 addresses enclosed in brackets. Others, such as Peer, Relay_Hosts, and Prohibited_Hosts do not require the IPv6 address in brackets.

Using cidr_cli

What you do from the cidr shell is determined by the audit series that you have defined. The most useful command to use when first entering the cidr shell is

show available

This command displays the various data files that you can query. The following is a sample output:

spam : 20080423T123000 => 20080610T201500
virus : 20080425T080000 => 20080610T201500
invalid_recipient : 20080423T121500 => 20080610T201500

In this example, the site's administrators have defined audit series named spam, virus, and invalid_recipients. Following each name is the time period for which data is available. Since the source IP address is recorded for each event, you can obtain event counts by IP address or CIDR block. In each case a counter is incremented using msys.audit_series.add during the each_rcpt phase.


No error message is displayed if your query syntax is incorrect. If your query has no output it may indicate an empty result set or incorrect syntax.

You can query data files in a variety of ways. The following are examples of how to create queries using the cidr_cli interface.

Example 1:

To show individual IP addresses followed by the associated count, issue

show count for in spam since 20080423

The output is shown in the following:      :     35217      :     25350      :     21291      :     21183      :     20933
...     :     21179     :     12183    :         5       :         2

Example 2:

To find the top ten /32s since 2008-04-23 on the spam and virus audit series, issue

show count for in spam, virus since 20080423 order by count limit 10

The output is shown in the following:      : 35217,1264      : 25350,0     : 21381,3421     : 21374,0     : 21335,8760      : 21322,0      : 21291,0     : 21271,16437     : 21236,0     : 21222,8790

The numbers following the ‘:’ are the counts for the spam and virus data files, respectively. To determine the top ten IP series for a specific day, replace since with on followed by the day of interest.

Example 2:

To find the top /24s on 2008-04-23 on the sum of spam and virus audit series, issue

show count for in union(spam, virus) on 20080424 cidrsize 24 order by count limit 1

The output is shown in the following: : 18492

Since this query selects from a union, only one numeric result follows the IP address.

Example 3:

To determine the breakdown of the total count by IP address using the IP address series output in the previous query, issue

show count for in union(spam, virus) on 20080424

The output is shown in the following:      :     14071      :      4421

The absolute figures shown above are perhaps less interesting than knowing the percentage of suspect mail, something that could readily be done by creating an audit_series to track the total number of mails.

Time periods can be specified in units other than days. For example, to look at data between noon and 1 PM on a specific day, you would use the expression from 20080605T120000 to 20080605T130000.

Example 4:

To inspect the cache, issue

**cache details**

If there is data in the cache, you should see output similar to the following:

$VAR1 = [

The spam series files appear in the directory defined by the base_dir parameter in the cidr_maintain.conf file, in this case the /var/log/eccluster/aslogger directory. For more information about the cidr_maintain.conf file, see cidr_maintain.conf File”.


There is no command to exit the cidr shell; use Ctrl+D .

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