FW: FreeRadius Data Accounting

Andrew Paternoster andrew at gpk.net.au
Tue Feb 10 12:09:44 CET 2009

Thanks for the response. I don't really like the session-time out solution wouldn't this mean the users would get disconnected every 23 hours. And if they first connect during the middle of the day then this will cause problems. 

I was thinking of changing the accounting_update_query so that it would create a new record every 23:59's of running and then update the new record with new data. This would allow query's to be run on the existing database with out any major changes. I have been doing this manually by changing accounting_update_query_alt to accounting_update_query restarting radius waiting a few mins then changing it back. But I was looking for a more automated fix. 

This also has the added benefit of being able to run reports daily, weekly , monthly ,yearly for time and data.

Can you see any problems with my suggestion? 
Also do you know when the accounting_update_query_alt is used over the accounting_update_query I may be able to use this to implement my fix.

Thank you
Andrew Paternoster 


-----Original Message-----
From: freeradius-devel-bounces+andrew=gpk.net.au at lists.freeradius.org [mailto:freeradius-devel-bounces+andrew=gpk.net.au at lists.freeradius.org] On Behalf Of Alan DeKok
Sent: Tuesday, 10 February 2009 8:18 PM
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Subject: Re: FW: FreeRadius Data Accounting

Andrew Paternoster wrote:
> I was wondering if I could get some insight to how people are doing
> daily data accounting for users that stay connected for days. E.g.
> Adsl's or dial ups. The problem seems to be that the records in radacct
> only get a time stamp on a stop or a start. And the session time is
> updated at every interval.
> Could I find out if others have managed to get around this problem and how.

  (1) They set Session-Timeout so that the users don't stay on for days.

  (2) they write scripts to collate the information.

  It should be pretty easy to write a select statement that grabs all
records which don't have a STOP.

  Alan DeKok.
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