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Wireshark displays incorrect frame numbers for filtered data in second pass Analysis..

asked 2018-09-06 19:38:22 +0000

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I am using the Wireshark 2.0.3 .While using tshark it is seen that frame numbers for unfiltered data and filtered data for the same packets are appearing different. The command that I am giving is as follows: tshark -r test.pcap

which will produce unfiltered data from the capture file


tshark -r test.pcap -R "...some criteria..." -2

which will give filtered data. On comparing the frame numbers it is seen that frame numbers for the same packets (with same time stamp,ttl ,seq num etc)are different. This happens only on second pass analysis. If I do a Single pass analysis

tshark -r test.pcap -Y "...some criteria..."

frame numbers are consistent.

Is it supposed to work this way? Or is it a Bug ?

Thanks and Best Regards, Akshay

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answered 2018-09-06 20:41:30 +0000

cmaynard gravatar image

It is supposed to work this way.

-Y is used to specify a display filter, so while all packets are read from the capture file, only the packets matching the specified display filter criteria are displayed. This means all frame numbers shown are the original frame number from the file.

Contrast this with -R, which specifies a read filter. This means that only those packets matching the specified read filter criteria are read from the file. As such, the frame number are renumbered because non-matching packets are essentially treated as if they weren't part of the capture file to begin with.

Read more about display filters vs. read filters on the tshark man page.

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Thanks Christopher ..

I have noticed that in the older Wireshark versions there was only -R option(no -Y or -2 option). Does that mean the older -R option corresponds to the current -Y option.? In other the older version If I give tshark -r test.pcap -R "...some criteria..." and in the newer version if I give tshark -r test.pcap -Y "...some criteria..." Will both these commands produce same frame numbers for a particular capture file(test.pcap)?(both wireshark versions are installed on my system)

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2018-09-06 21:33:52 +0000 )edit

I don't recall the specifics, but you can visit or and review the history about these options from the links I provided there.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2018-09-07 15:09:00 +0000 )edit

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