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.TH PCAP_OPEN_OFFLINE 3PCAP "3 January 2014"
.SH NAME
pcap_open_offline, pcap_open_offline_with_tstamp_precision,
pcap_fopen_offline, pcap_fopen_offline_with_tstamp_precision \- open a saved capture file for reading
.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_offline(const char *fname, char *errbuf);
pcap_t *pcap_open_offline_with_tstamp_precision(const char *fname,
u_int precision, char *errbuf);
pcap_t *pcap_fopen_offline(FILE *fp, char *errbuf);
pcap_t *pcap_fopen_offline_with_tstamp_precision(FILE *fp,
u_int precision, char *errbuf);
.ft
.fi
.SH DESCRIPTION
.B pcap_open_offline()
and
.B pcap_open_offline_with_tstamp_precision()
are called to open a ``savefile'' for reading.
.PP
.I fname
specifies the name of the file to open. The file can have the pcap file
format as described in
.BR pcap-savefile (@MAN_FILE_FORMATS@),
which is the file format used by, among other programs,
.BR tcpdump (1)
and
.BR tcpslice (1),
or can have the pcap-ng file format, although not all pcap-ng files can
be read.
The name "-" is a synonym for
.BR stdin .
.PP
.B pcap_open_offline_with_tstamp_precision()
takes an additional
.I precision
argument specifying the time stamp precision desired;
if
.B PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_MICRO
is specified, packet time stamps will be supplied in seconds and
microseconds,
and if
.B PCAP_TSTAMP_PRECISION_NANO
is specified, packet time stamps will be supplied in seconds and
nanoseconds. If the time stamps in the file do not have the same
precision as the requested precision, they will be scaled up or down as
necessary before being supplied.
.PP
Alternatively, you may call
.B pcap_fopen_offline()
or
.B pcap_fopen_offline_with_tstamp_precision()
to read dumped data from an existing open stream
.IR fp .
.B pcap_fopen_offline_with_tstamp_precision() takes an additional
.I precision
argument as described above.
Note that on Windows, that stream should be opened in binary mode.
.SH RETURN VALUE
.BR pcap_open_offline() ,
.BR pcap_open_offline_with_tstamp_precision() ,
.BR pcap_fopen_offline() ,
and
.B pcap_fopen_offline_with_tstamp_precision()
return 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
is assumed to be able to hold at least
.B PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE
chars.
.SH SEE ALSO
pcap(3PCAP), pcap-savefile(@MAN_FILE_FORMATS@)