mergecap - Merges two capture files into one
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B<Mergecap> is a program that reads two saved capture files and merges
all of the packets in those capture files into a third capture
file. B<Mergecap> knows how to read B<libpcap> capture files, including
those of B<tcpdump>. In addition, B<Mergecap> can read capture files
from B<snoop> (including B<Shomiti>) and B<atmsnoop>, B<LanAlyzer>,
B<Sniffer> (compressed or uncompressed), Microsoft B<Network Monitor>,
AIX's B<iptrace>, B<NetXray>, B<Sniffer Pro>, B<RADCOM>'s WAN/LAN
analyzer, B<Lucent/Ascend> router debug output, HP-UX's B<nettl>, and
the dump output from B<Toshiba's> ISDN routers. There is no need to
tell B<Mergecap> what type of file you are reading; it will determine the
file type by itself. B<Mergecap> is also capable of reading any of
these file formats if they are compressed using gzip. B<Mergecap>
recognizes this directly from the file; the '.gz' extension is not
required for this purpose.
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. The
B<-F> flag can be used to specify the format in which to write the
capture file; it can write the file in B<libpcap> format (standard
B<libpcap> format, a modified format used by some patched versions of
B<libpcap>, the format used by Red Hat Linux 6.1, or the format used by
SuSE Linux 6.3), B<snoop> format, uncompressed B<Sniffer> format,
Microsoft B<Network Monitor> 1.x format, and the format used by
Windows-based versions of the B<Sniffer> software.
By default, the packets in 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, all the packets from the first input capture file are output,
followed by all of the packets from the second input capture file.
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).
If the B<-T> flag is used to specify an 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 file. 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).
Sets the file format of the output capture file.
Sets the packet encapsulation type of the output capture file.
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.
Causes B<mergecap> to print a number of messages while it's working.
Sets the snapshot length to use when writing the data.
Prints the version and options and exits.
=head1 SEE ALSO
L<tcpdump(8)>, L<pcap(3)>, L<ethereal(1)>, L<editcap(1)>
B<Mergecap> is based heavily upon B<editcap> by Richard Sharpe
<email@example.com> and Guy Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
B<Mergecap> is part of the B<Ethereal> distribution. The latest version
of B<Ethereal> can be found at B<http://www.ethereal.com>.
Scott Renfro <email@example.com>