On Thu, Oct 04, 2007 at 04:25:18PM -0400, Steve Bertrand wrote: > Heiko Wundram (Beenic) wrote: > > Am Donnerstag 04 Oktober 2007 22:16:29 schrieb Steve Bertrand: > >> This is what I am afraid of. Just out of curiosity, if I did try to read > >> the entire file into a Perl variable all at once, would the box panic, > >> or as the saying goes 'what could possibly go wrong'? > > > > Perl most certainly wouldn't make the box panic (at least I hope so :-)), > > but > > would barf and quit at some point in time when it can't allocate any more > > memory (because all memory is in use). Meanwhile, your swap would've filled > > up completely, and your box would've become totally unresponsive, which > > goes > > away instantly the second Perl is dead/quits. > > > > Try it. ;-) (at your own risk) > > LOL, on a production box?...nope. > > Hence why I asked here, probing if someone has made this mistake before > I do ;) > > The reason for the massive file size was my haste in running out of the > office on Friday and forgetting to kill the tcpdump process before the > weekend began.
Sounds like you may want a Perl script to automate managing your tcpdumps. Just a thought. -- CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ] Kent Beck: "I always knew that one day Smalltalk would replace Java. I just didn't know it would be called Ruby." _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"