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.TH PCAP_OPEN_LIVE 3PCAP "5 April 2008"
.SH NAME
pcap_open_live \- open a device for capturing
.SH SYNOPSIS
.nf
.ft B
#include <pcap/pcap.h>
.ft
.LP
.nf
.ft B
char errbuf[PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE];
.ft
.LP
.ft B
pcap_t *pcap_open_live(const char *device, int snaplen,
.ti +8
int promisc, int to_ms, char *errbuf);
.ft
.fi
.SH DESCRIPTION
.B pcap_open_live()
is used to obtain a packet capture handle to look
at packets on the network.
.I device
is a string that specifies the network device to open; on Linux systems
with 2.2 or later kernels, a
.I device
argument of "any" or
.B NULL
can be used to capture packets from all interfaces.
.PP
.I snaplen
specifies the snapshot length to be set on the handle.
.PP
.I promisc
specifies if the interface is to be put into promiscuous mode.
.PP
.I to_ms
specifies the read timeout in milliseconds.
.SH RETURN VALUE
.B pcap_open_live()
returns a
.I pcap_t *
on success and
.B NULL
on failure.
If
.B NULL
is returned,
.I errbuf
is filled in with an appropriate error message.
.I errbuf
may also be set to warning text when
.B pcap_open_live()
succeeds; to detect this case the caller should store a zero-length string in
.I errbuf
before calling
.B pcap_open_live()
and display the warning to the user if
.I errbuf
is no longer a zero-length string.
.I errbuf
is assumed to be able to hold at least
.B PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE
chars.
.SH SEE ALSO
pcap(3PCAP), pcap_create(3PCAP), pcap_activate(3PCAP)
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