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Some VPSes charge for outgoing network traffic per month, so how can I check on the Unix command line how much outgoing network traffic has run so far this month?

An ASCII graph where X is days and Y is traffic would be nice bonus :)

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You need to log it before you can display it. A popular logging and graphing tool is MRTG.

(Posted this as a comment at first, but I guess it is a full answer in some respect.)

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