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I'm planning to use Wireshark for logging serial/UART communication. This communication may be multiple kinds of proprietary protocols, none of which are related to TCP/IP. They're all raw data. The main benefit of using Wireshark is the ability to write our own dissector to quickly anlyze the protocols in use.

I create the .pcap files manually. It's not a matter of logging serial ports - I fully control them and generate the log file. The problem I've stumbled upon is choosing the the link layer header type for serial communication. I went through the list at http://www.tcpdump.org/linktypes.html and none of these seem to fit my case. There's few related to serial communication, but they're either related to some specific product/vendor (like DLT_RTAC_SERIAL) or related to PPP.

Is there really no link layer type that could be used for logging simple serial/COM port/UART communication? Or maybe there's one that's close enough that'd require little work (i.e. writing some dummy headers) to adapt to such use case?

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I create the .pcap files manually. It's not a matter of logging serial ports - I fully control them and generate the log file. The problem I've stumbled upon is choosing the the link layer header type for serial communication. I went through the list at http://www.tcpdump.org/linktypes.html and none of these seem to fit my case. There's few related to serial communication, but they're either related to some specific product/vendor (like DLT_RTAC_SERIAL) DLT_RTAC_SERIAL) or related to PPP.