[CentOS] Standard RH iptables analysis

Kenneth Porter shiva at sewingwitch.com
Sun Jun 10 21:10:29 UTC 2007

--On Wednesday, June 06, 2007 6:02 PM -0700 Al Sparks <data345 at yahoo.com> 

> Strangely enough, that's not reflected in the
>    # iptables -L
> output.

The sysconfig file shows what will be loaded on boot. To see the same 
information about what's in memory, use iptables-save. That's what's used 
by the initscript to save to the sysconfig file. It normally outputs to 
standard output, and the initscript redirects it to the sysconfig file.

BTW, if you have lots of rules, it's more efficient to load them with 
iptables-restore than individual iptables commands, because the -restore 
variant loads them all with one kernel operation, and hence only one 
locking of the table.

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