IPCop Linux Firewall

Logging and Shell Access

Although log files are much more boring than the interactive status diagrams, the system log can be especially helpful when a problem actually does occur. The log files can be accessed through the Logs tab.

 

Figure 35: Dynamic DNS update failure log entry

For those more comfortable with a command line interface, IPCop provides direct shell access (to the "root" user only). This can also come in handy if the web interface becomes unresponsive. Figure 36 illustrates a shutdown now -r sequence

Figure 36: A command line shutdown

Of course, installing additional software is also possible through the command line. However, we recommend leaving anything that goes beyond the normal IPCop installation to the seasoned Linux professional. After all, additional software may even compromise the router's security!