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How to get random packets from a .pcap file?

asked 2017-11-02 03:13:07 +0000

Utku gravatar image

updated 2017-11-02 03:45:56 +0000

I am trying to get a random subset of packets from a .pcap file. To do so, I have written the following shell script:

large_number=150000
smaller_number=10000
selected_packet_numbers=$(shuf -i 0-"$large_number" -n "$smaller_number")
editcap -r capture.pcap capture-selected.pcap $selected_packet_numbers

However, editcap is giving me the following error:

Out of room for packet selections

Using a shell loop would take an unreasonably long time.

What can I do to select a random subset of packets from a .pcap file?

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answered 2017-11-02 05:05:53 +0000

martyvis gravatar image

Unless something has changed, there will be a limit to the number of packets or ranges you can specify in a single run of editcap https://www.wireshark.org/lists/wires... (it might be still 100 or could have been increased to 512)

So you might need to work with that.

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In Wireshark 2.x this is set to 512.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2017-11-02 06:49:48 +0000 )edit

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