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pcap_open_live(3)                                    pcap_open_live(3)




NAME

       pcap_open_live - open a device for capturing


SYNOPSIS

       #include <pcap/pcap.h>

       char errbuf[PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE];

       pcap_open_live(3) char *device, int snaplen,
               int promisc, int to_ms, char *errbuf);


DESCRIPTION

       pcap_open_live()  is  used to obtain a packet capture handle to look at
       packets on the network.  device is a string that specifies the  network
       device  to  open;  on Linux systems with 2.2 or later kernels, a device
       argument of "any" or NULL can be  used  to  capture  packets  from  all
       interfaces.

       snaplen specifies the snapshot length to be set on the handle.

       promisc  specifies  whether the interface is to be put into promiscuous
       mode.  If promisc is non-zero, promiscuous mode will be set,  otherwise
       it will not be set.

       to_ms  specifies the packet buffer timeout, as a non-negative value, in
       milliseconds.  (See pcap(3) for an explanation of the packet buffer
       timeout.)


RETURN VALUE

       pcap_open_live() returns a pcap_t * on success and NULL on failure.  If
       NULL is returned, errbuf is filled in with an  appropriate  error  mes-
       sage.   errbuf  may  also  be set to warning text when pcap_open_live()
       succeeds; to detect this case the caller  should  store  a  zero-length
       string  in errbuf before calling pcap_open_live() and display the warn-
       ing to the user if errbuf is no longer a zero-length string.  errbuf is
       assumed to be able to hold at least PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE chars.


SEE ALSO

       pcap_create(3), pcap_activate(3)



                                6 December 2017          pcap_open_live(3)

libpcap 1.10.0 - Generated Thu Dec 31 11:46:05 CST 2020
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