pcap_set_protocol_linux(3pcap) — Linux manual page



NAME         top

       pcap_set_protocol_linux - set capture protocol for a not-yet-
       activated capture handle

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcap/pcap.h>

       int pcap_set_protocol_linux(pcap_t *p, int protocol);

DESCRIPTION         top

       On network interface devices on Linux, pcap_set_protocol_linux()
       sets the protocol to be used in the socket(2) call to create a
       capture socket when the handle is activated.  The argument is a
       link-layer protocol value, such as the values in the
       <linux/if_ether.h> header file, specified in host byte order.  If
       protocol is non-zero, packets of that protocol will be captured
       when the handle is activated, otherwise, all packets will be
       captured.  This function is only provided on Linux, and, if it is
       used on any device other than a network interface, it will have
       no effect.

       It should not be used in portable code; instead, a filter should
       be specified with pcap_setfilter(3PCAP).

       If a given network interface provides a standard link-layer
       header, with a standard packet type, but provides some packet
       types with a different socket-layer protocol type from the one in
       the link-layer header, that packet type cannot be filtered with a
       filter specified with pcap_setfilter() but can be filtered by
       specifying the socket-layer protocol type using

RETURN VALUE         top

       pcap_set_protocol_linux() returns 0 on success or
       PCAP_ERROR_ACTIVATED if called on a capture handle that has been


       This function became available in libpcap release 1.9.0.

SEE ALSO         top

       pcap(3PCAP), pcap_create(3PCAP), pcap_activate(3PCAP)

COLOPHON         top

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                             22 August 2018PCAP_SET_PROTOCOL_LINUX(3PCAP)