Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84531
3.6.x has poor interpretation of DHCP et. al, but 3.7.1 does much better
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:05 EDT
Description of problem:
The old version gives much poorer information about protocols such as DHCP
compared with current version (3.7.1 and 0.7.1 of libcap)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run tcpdump
2. See poor interpretation of DHCP and some other protocols
3. Wish R H staff had time to build and test tcpdump 3.7.1 and libcap 0.7.1
See poor interpretation of DHCP and some other protocols that make teaching my
students about DHCP rather hard ("tcpdump output for DHCP is pretty useless, use
Ethereal instead") But truly, tcpdump 3.7.1 is incredibly useful for remote
Somewhat better interpretation of DHCP and other protocols, such as is available
with tcpdump 3.7.1 and libcap 0.7.1.
Many other distributions provide 3.7.1 and 0.7.1 (Connectiva, the PLD Linux
distrubution, Mandrake Cooker), but it still is not in Rawhide or Phoebe. I
built a new RPM, no problems. Please include 3.7.x in RH 8.1, please, please!
Created attachment 90155 [details]
A quick and rough spec file built late at night
I know, I have only tested this briefly, and other things besides Ethereal
depend on libpcap, and you folks need to test your products properly. But the
advantages of 3.7.1 are very tangible, and I hope your team can do what is
needed to get it into Red Hat Linux 8.1.
Hey, I just would like to say you men and women are wonderful, you get so much
done with so little, but please, please try to raise this in your priorities.