Wireshark-dev: [Wireshark-dev] pcap FCS length and LT_FCS_DATALINK_EXT()
From: Stephen Donnelly <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 22:49:28 +0000
Hi Guy,

In 2007 in libpcap afbb1ce7 you committed some code (possibly from Florent Drouin) adding the LT_FCS_DATALINK_EXT mechanism to record whether the capture includes information about captured FCS length, and if so what length it is.

I believe that currently only the DAG capture code supports this, and as implemented the LT_FCS_LENGTH is in units of 16-bits, e.g. 16-bit FCS returns 1, and 32-bit FCS returns 2?

I don't think Wireshark's pcap wiretap code currently uses this mechanism to check for FCS length, does it make sense to add it?

If it is supported in Wireshark, it might be more widely implemented. It seems to solve a genuine problem, and avoids the proliferation of DLTs for WITH and WITHOUT FCS.