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What do "Frame is {marked, ignored}" mean in the packet details?

asked 2018-01-11 23:04:54 +0000

Jay1971 gravatar image

updated 2018-01-12 05:32:09 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

What does it mean when the log details state: "Frame is marked: False" and "Frame is ignored: False"?

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answered 2018-01-12 03:21:41 +0000

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Frame is marked: False

Wireshark allows you to "mark" a frame; see "Mark/Unmark Packet" in the "Edit" menu. "Frame is marked: False" means that the frame hasn't been "marked".

Frame is ignored: False

Wireshark also allows you to "ignore" a packet; se "Ignore/Unignore Packet" in the "Edit" menu. If you "ignore" a packet, it will be marked as "ignored", and the packets will all be redissected, with the "ignored" packet not being dissected, so that any information from that packet won't affect subsequent packets. "Frame is ignored: False" means that the frame hasn't been "ignored".

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Where the use cases are as follows:

  1. You're trying to find the packets relevant to your situation, but there are many other packets as well. If you find one which is relevant you can mark it by hand, like a bookmark, so that you can get back to that packet easily.
  2. As described, if a packet is throwing off the dissection of other packets somehow, or is (visually) disturbing the packet overview, you can set it as ignored so it will be skipped during dissection.
Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2018-01-12 06:25:58 +0000 )edit

Many thanks to Guy and Jaap. Crystal clear and much appreciated!

Jay1971 gravatar imageJay1971 ( 2018-01-12 13:16:47 +0000 )edit

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