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When does the wireless timeline shows up?

asked 2020-06-16 16:43:14 +0000

updated 2020-06-16 21:48:18 +0000

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Hello, today I have seen this graph (see below) the first time?

  • What does it show me? My guess is, the gap between the frames.
  • How is the graph or pane called?
  • Why does it appear not in every tracefile I open? (I use the same profile)

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Rephrased the question. So that the question might be better understandable for other people.

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2020-06-16 20:27:28 +0000 )edit

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answered 2020-06-16 20:04:39 +0000

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updated 2020-06-16 20:16:00 +0000

"That looks like the wireless timeline." (Thx to Gerald for identifying)
There is an open Bugzilla tracking issues with it.
It seems to be very picky about the capture contents. Flashes the status bar yellow but message not visible.

This sample capture mesh.cap from the Wireshark Wiki has the TSFT flag set.

Time Synchronization Function Timer
.... .... .... .... .... .... .... ...1 = TSFT: Present

Look for wlan_radio.timestamp if no radiotap header.

Preference setting required: wlan_radio.timeline = TRUE

If timeline enabled but not displayed, could be one of the conditions below:

"Packet number %u does not include TSF timestamp, not showing timeline."
"Packet number %u has large negative jump in TSF, not showing timeline. Perhaps TSF reference point is set wrong?"
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Thx for the helpful answer. I personally like this graph, because it adds some useful information to the trace.and the tracefile navigation is also improved.

Maybe it might be worth to think about, if such kind of bar is also useful for ethernet traces.

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2020-06-16 20:36:22 +0000 )edit

Here I found also a good explanation of this timeline:

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2020-06-16 20:41:49 +0000 )edit

Thanks! Maybe the User's Guide can point to the PDF when this feature is documented.

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-06-17 02:38:59 +0000 )edit

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