Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 4806] Wireshark consumes too much memory
Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 14:53:04 -0700 (PDT)

Guy Harris <guy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
           Platform|x86                         |All
            Summary|Huge pcap files are also    |Wireshark consumes too much
                   |completely loaded into      |memory
                   |memory                      |
         OS/Version|Windows XP                  |All

--- Comment #2 from Guy Harris <guy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 2010-05-29 14:53:01 PDT ---
Fix title to more accurately describe the problem; as noted, we *don't* read
every single packet's contents into memory.

There are a number of things we can do to reduce memory consumption, although
some that come to mind require efficient random access to packets - currently,
random access to packets in compressed files is done very poorly, but it should
be fixable (with some additional memory consumption, but hopefully that will
allow other changes to be made that will get rid of more memory than is
required for efficient random access to gzipped files).

See, for example


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