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Bug 19690 - libpcap-0.4-29.i386.rpm seems to be broken
libpcap-0.4-29.i386.rpm seems to be broken
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 6773
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tcpdump (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Harald Hoyer
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Reported: 2000-10-24 11:21 EDT by Nadav Har'El
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-25 12:33:56 EDT
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Description Nadav Har'El 2000-10-24 11:21:20 EDT
Is something wrong with libpcap-0.4-29.i386.rpm?

I wanted to use the "sting" packet-loss measurement tool from
This tool uses libpcap, and should work on Linux (the author said it does).
Anyway, using /usr/lib/libpcap.a it didn't work (from the little debugging 
I did, it appears as if pcap_next does not timeout correctly, and just gets
stuck). When I compiled libpcap-0.4 (which is also available in sting's
myself (easy - just did configure and make) and used the resulting library,
sting worked perfectly.

Could it be that something is wrong in the way libpcap-0.4 is compiled, or
something? I know from (bad) experience that static libraries compiled in
previous versions of gcc (e.g., on Redhat 6.2) no longer work correctly on
Redhat 7, giving seemingly random and hard-to-detect lockups and errors. 
Using objdump -x on this library says that it was compiled on Aug 12 - that
is way before Redhat 7 was released, so maybe you just forgot to recompile
it for the new gcc?
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2000-10-25 12:33:53 EDT
Linux uses a different libpcap than you are expecting. See details at bugzilla
#6773 et al.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2000-10-25 12:34:29 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 6773 ***

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