Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 4806] New: Huge pcap files are also completely loaded into
Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 03:25:24 -0700 (PDT)

           Summary: Huge pcap files are also completely loaded into memory
           Product: Wireshark
           Version: 1.3.x (Experimental)
          Platform: x86
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: Low
         Component: Wireshark
        AssignedTo: wireshark-bugs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        ReportedBy: mail@xxxxxx

Build Information:
TShark 1.3.5 (SVN Rev 32666 from /trunk)

Copyright 1998-2010 Gerald Combs <gerald@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> and contributors.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO

Compiled (32-bit) with GLib 2.22.4, with WinPcap (version unknown), with libz
1.2.3, without POSIX capabilities, without libpcre, with SMI 0.4.8, with c-ares
1.7.1, with Lua 5.1, without Python, with GnuTLS 2.8.5, with Gcrypt 1.4.5, with
MIT Kerberos, with GeoIP.

Running on Windows XP Service Pack 3, build 2600, with WinPcap version 4.1.1
(packet.dll version, based on libpcap version 1.0 branch 1_0_rel0b
(20091008), GnuTLS 2.8.5, Gcrypt 1.4.5.

Built using Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0 build 30729
I have a huge pcap file which' size is about 7GB. When i tried to open it, my
system was getting totally slow. And my taskmanager showed me that the memory
usage of wireshark was rising into to no limits.

Certainly I don't have about 7 GB of memory to completely load the file.

But is there any need of this? 

Why not preloading only a fixed size when opening a file that is bigger than
the physical memory!?

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