PCAP_GET_REQUIRED_SELECT_TIMEOUT

Section: Misc. Reference Manual Pages (3PCAP)
Updated: 19 January 2018
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NAME

pcap_get_required_select_timeout - get a file descriptor on which a select() can be done for a live capture  

SYNOPSIS

#include <pcap/pcap.h>

struct timeval *pcap_get_required_select_timeout(pcap_t *p);
 

DESCRIPTION

pcap_get_required_select_timeout() returns, on UNIX, a pointer to a struct timeval containing a value that must be used as the minimum timeout in select(), poll(), epoll_wait(), and kevent() calls if pcap_get_selectable_fd() returns -1.

The timeout that should be used in those calls must be no larger than the smallest of all timeouts returned by pcap_get_required_select_timeout() for devices from which packets will be captured.

The device for which pcap_get_selectable_fd() returned -1 must be put in non-blocking mode with pcap_setnonblock(), and an attempt must always be made to read packets from the device when the select(), poll(), epoll_wait(), or kevent() call returns.

Note that a device on which a read can be done without blocking may, on some platforms, not have any packets to read if the packet buffer timeout has expired. A call to pcap_dispatch() or pcap_next_ex() will return 0 in this case, but will not block.

pcap_get_required_select_timeout() is not available on Windows.  

RETURN VALUE

A pointer to a struct timeval is returned if the timeout is required; otherwise NULL is returned.  

SEE ALSO

pcap(3PCAP), pcap_get_selectable_fd(3PCAP), select(2), poll(2), epoll_wait(2), kqueue(2)


 

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