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=head1 NAME

mergecap - Merges two or more capture files into one

=head1 SYNOPSYS

B<mergecap>
S<[ B<-a> ]>
S<[ B<-F> E<lt>I<file format>E<gt> ]>
S<[ B<-h> ]>
S<[ B<-s> E<lt>I<snaplen>E<gt> ]>
S<[ B<-T> E<lt>I<encapsulation type>E<gt> ]>
S<[ B<-v> ]>
S<B<-w> E<lt>I<outfile>E<gt>|->
E<lt>I<infile>E<gt>
I<...>

=head1 DESCRIPTION

B<Mergecap> is a program that combines multiple saved capture files into
a single output file specified by the B<-w> argument.  B<Mergecap> knows
how to read B<libpcap> capture files, including those of B<tcpdump>,
B<Ethereal>, and other tools that write captures in that format.  

By default, it writes the capture file in B<libpcap> format, and writes
all of the packets in both input capture files to the output file.  

B<Mergecap> is able to detect, read and write the same capture files that 
are supported by B<Ethereal>.
The input files don't need a specific filename extension, the file 
format and an optional gzip compression will be automatically detected.
The I<capture file format> section of I<ethereal(1)> or
I<http://www.ethereal.com/docs/man-pages/ethereal.1.html>
provides a detailed description.

B<Mergecap> can write the file in several output formats.
The B<-F> flag can be used to specify the format in which to write the
capture file, B<mergecap -F> provides a list of the available output 
formats.

Packets from the input files are merged in chronological order based on
each frame's timestamp, unless the B<-a> flag is specified.  B<Mergecap>
assumes that frames within a single capture file are already stored in
chronological order.  When the B<-a> flag is specified, packets are
copied directly from each input file to the output file, independent of
each frame's timestamp.

The output file frame encapsulation type is set to the type of the input
files, if all input files have the same type.  If not all of the input
files have the same frame encapsulation type, the output file type is
set to WTAP_ENCAP_PER_PACKET.  Note that some capture file formats, most
notably B<libpcap>, do not currently support WTAP_ENCAP_PER_PACKET.
This combination will cause the output file creation to fail.

=head1 OPTIONS

=over 4

=item -a

Causes the frame timestamps to be ignored, writing all packets from the
first input file followed by all packets from the second input file.  By
default, when B<-a> is not specified, the contents of the input files
are merged in chronological order based on each frame's timestamp.

Note: when merging, B<mergecap> assumes that packets within a capture
file are already in chronological order.

=item -F  E<lt>file formatE<gt>

Sets the file format of the output capture file. B<Mergecap> can write 
the file in several formats, B<mergecap -F> provides a list of the 
available output formats. The default is to use the file format of the 
first input file.

=item -h

Prints the version and options and exits.

=item -s  E<lt>snaplenE<gt>

Sets the snapshot length to use when writing the data.
If the B<-s> flag is used to specify a snapshot length, frames in the
input file with more captured data than the specified snapshot length
will have only the amount of data specified by the snapshot length
written to the output file.  This may be useful if the program that is
to read the output file cannot handle packets larger than a certain size
(for example, the versions of snoop in Solaris 2.5.1 and Solaris 2.6
appear to reject Ethernet frames larger than the standard Ethernet MTU,
making them incapable of handling gigabit Ethernet captures if jumbo
frames were used).

=item -v

Causes B<mergecap> to print a number of messages while it's working.

=item -w  E<lt>outfileE<gt>|-

Sets the output filename. If the name is 'B<->', stdout will be used.
This setting is mandatory.

=item -T  E<lt>encapsulation typeE<gt>

Sets the packet encapsulation type of the output capture file.
If the B<-T> flag is used to specify a frame encapsulation type, the
encapsulation type of the output capture file will be forced to the
specified type, rather than being the type appropriate to the
encapsulation type of the input capture files.  

Note that this merely
forces the encapsulation type of the output file to be the specified
type; the packet headers of the packets will not be translated from the
encapsulation type of the input capture file to the specified
encapsulation type (for example, it will not translate an Ethernet
capture to an FDDI capture if an Ethernet capture is read and 'B<-T
fddi>' is specified).

=back

=head1 SEE ALSO

I<tcpdump(8)>, I<pcap(3)>, I<ethereal(1)>, I<editcap(1)>

=head1 NOTES

B<Mergecap> is based heavily upon B<editcap> by Richard Sharpe
<sharpe[AT]ns.aus.com> and Guy Harris <guy[AT]alum.mit.edu>.

B<Mergecap> is part of the B<Ethereal> distribution.  The latest version
of B<Ethereal> can be found at B<http://www.ethereal.com>.

HTML versions of the Wireshark project man pages are available at:
http://www.ethereal.com/docs/man-pages

=head1 AUTHORS

  Original Author
  -------- ------
  Scott Renfro             <scott[AT]renfro.org>


  Contributors
  ------------
  Bill Guyton              <guyton[AT]bguyton.com>