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Filter only within displayed packets (without re-analyzing entire file)

asked 2018-05-21 15:51:07 +0000

pavja2 gravatar image

updated 2018-05-21 16:12:03 +0000

When working with very large files, is it possible to perform filtering operations within the context of a previous query?

For example, if I have a 500MB file and I use a display filter to show all 1000 ftp packets but then want to add "and frame contains 'Error'" to that filter wireshark will parse the entire 500 MB pcap file for packets that match both conditions and take far longer than if it just checked the 1000 packets it had already found.

Is there a better way to do this kind of search operation?

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answered 2018-05-21 16:26:55 +0000

cmaynard gravatar image

Currently the way to handle this is to save the 1000 ftp packets to a new file and then continue filtering with the smaller file.

NOTE: There is an old bug that was opened to try to improve this situation and basically implement what you're seeking. See Bug 2578 - snapshot feature: apply filter upon previous displayed packets only for more details.

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