Ethereal-dev: Re: [Ethereal-dev] PATCH - Allow editcap to report # of packets in file

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From: Ian Schorr <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 09:41:04 -0400

Guy Harris wrote:

On Tue, Jul 27, 2004 at 01:40:13AM -0400, Ian Schorr wrote:
Allows user to throw a -c command-line option that instructs editcap to return the number of packets in a file to stdout.
The only code path it shares with the rest of editcap is the argument
It's only 39 lines, but since editcap is only 468 lines (including comments) it's a significant percentage =)
does it belong in editcap, or does it belong in another
program, say "packet_count"?

I considered that when writing. I suppose it depends on how much we want to avoid having a large number of single-purposed executables versus building tools with feature bloat/conflicting features. In this case I didn't feel the feature deserved spinning off a whole new tool, and that out of the existing tools it made sense to put it in editcap (I've felt that editcap is the tool for massaging frames in a capture, building a packet count made sense to me).
...Or if someone feels strongly otherwise I'll move it into a separate tool.

If I get some time this week I'd also like to re-build a "splitcap" tool, which I believe DOES make sense to build separately.