The result is a report of the current pairings between ip addresses and the corresponding ethernet address of the network hardware as reported by snmpwalk(8). Activity is logged and noted changes are reported by email.
In its working directory bihourly expects a file named list which contains a space separated list of hostnames to be queried and a file named cname which holds the SNMP community name by which to query these hosts.
Contrary to the name, bihourly does not run twice every hour. It runs once each time it is invoked. For repeated operation bihourly must be invoked on a periodic basis by a program like cron(1).
/var/lib/arpwatch - default working directory list - file containing names of hosts to query cname - file containing the SNMP community name by which to query
The current version is available via anonymous ftp:
This manual page was contributed by Hugo Graumann.