path: root/include/libiptc/libiptc.h
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authorStefan Tomanek <>2011-03-08 22:42:51 +0100
committerJan Engelhardt <>2011-03-08 23:12:05 +0100
commitd59b9db031abee37a9aa9776662dd15370faabf4 (patch)
tree47481f2b5f1afbc122f494beca1375de661c1160 /include/libiptc/libiptc.h
parent9cc4f24e72f87ca191c2e723e7cd293f6477481c (diff)
iptables: add -C to check for existing rules
It is often useful to check whether a specific rule is already present in a chain without actually modifying the iptables config. Services like fail2ban usually employ techniques like grepping through the output of "iptables -L" which is quite error prone. This patch adds a new operation -C to the iptables command which mostly works like -D; it can detect and indicate the existence of the specified rule by modifying the exit code. The new operation TC_CHECK_ENTRY uses the same code as the -D operation, whose functions got a dry-run parameter appended. Signed-off-by: Stefan Tomanek <> Signed-off-by: Jan Engelhardt <>
Diffstat (limited to 'include/libiptc/libiptc.h')
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/include/libiptc/libiptc.h b/include/libiptc/libiptc.h
index 5d782dab..4355ac92 100644
--- a/include/libiptc/libiptc.h
+++ b/include/libiptc/libiptc.h
@@ -88,6 +88,12 @@ int iptc_append_entry(const ipt_chainlabel chain,
const struct ipt_entry *e,
struct iptc_handle *handle);
+/* Check whether a mathching rule exists */
+int iptc_check_entry(const ipt_chainlabel chain,
+ const struct ipt_entry *origfw,
+ unsigned char *matchmask,
+ struct iptc_handle *handle);
/* Delete the first rule in `chain' which matches `e', subject to
matchmask (array of length == origfw) */
int iptc_delete_entry(const ipt_chainlabel chain,