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I've seen people use the exclamation mark (!) in multiple examples, but when I try to use it I get an error.

The rule I'm trying:

-A OUTPUT -m owner --gid-owner 1006 -d ! -j DROP

The error:

Bad argument ''

What is the correct syntax for this?

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

Just as the manpage states:

[!] -d, --destination address[/mask][,...]
       Destination  specification.   See  the  description  of  the  -s
       (source)  flag  for  a  detailed description of the syntax.  The
       flag --dst is an alias for this option.

That makes it

! -d
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Thanks, I'll never trust shady blogs again! :) – user12932 Mar 15 '12 at 20:45
It has nothing to do with shady blogs, the syntax has changed for iptables and the exclamation mark went before the flag at some point. – Martin Jan 2 '13 at 13:27

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