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The 3 (a UK mobile carrier) broadband dongle is handy, but its mac support is really awful. In particular, the interface software doesn't provide any straightforward way to see your total data transfer to date. This can lead to nasty surprises if you're using a pay-as-you-go plan.

This executable scans /var/log/ppp.log and totals up your data transfers over your dongle. It can optionally take a date as a command-line argument, in which case it only totals up usage after the given date.

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#!/usr/bin/python

doc="""
Usage examples:

phone_data Jan  2 2009 08:42:13
phone_data
"""

from dateutil import parser
from dateutil.parser import parse
import sys

if len(sys.argv) > 1:
    if sys.argv[1] in ['-h', '--help']:
        print doc
        sys.exit()
    start_date = parse(' '.join(sys.argv[1:]))
else:
    start_date = None

f=file('/var/log/ppp.log')
sent = []
recv = []

in_phoneblock=False
for line in f:
    if line.find('Dialing: ATD*99***1#') > 0:
        if start_date is not None:
            this_date = parse(line.split(' : ')[0])
            if this_date > start_date:
                in_phoneblock = True
        else:
            in_phoneblock = True
    if in_phoneblock and line.find('Sent') > 0:
        print line,
        info=line.split(':')[3].split(' ')
        sent.append(int(info[2]))
        recv.append(int(info[5]))
        in_phoneblock = False
print '\nTOTALS: Sent: %i mb, received: %i mb, total: %i mb.\n'%(sum(sent)/1.e6, sum(recv)/1.e6, (sum(sent)+sum(recv))/1.e6)

1 comment

Serjio 11 years, 11 months ago  # | flag

Currently I am looking for a pppd log parser for a mac. Your script is nice, but it seems to be working just with some models of GSM phones and modems. Currently we faced the same problem with a CDMA modem. So I decided to rewrite your script, but I need help. What's the data type of sent and recv? It looks that after the 32 and 34 lines in_phoneblock will always be true. What's the trick?