On May 3, 2010, at 11:29 PM, Thomas Habets wrote:

> Has anyone looked into timestamping the captured packets using 
> clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC, ...)?
> I'm thinking adding a struct timespec to struct pcap_pkthdr

pcap_pkthdr is in a file.  You cannot add *ANYTHING* to it without breaking 
compatibility; you'd have to introduce a new magic number.

BTW, note that if you call clock_gettime(), there is *NO* guarantee that the 
time it returns has anything to do with the time the packe arrived; it tells 
you the time when it's called, not the time when the packet arrived.

> and filling that in addition to the struct timeval.
> For a request-reply situation a monotonic clock is much more reliable than 
> gettimeofday().

The only platforms on which libpcap uses gettimeofday() are:

        DLPI platforms where the DLPI module doesn't supply the time stamp 
(e.g., HP-UX);


        Septel devices;

        USB capturing on Linux if you're not using the memory-mapped interface.

On all other platforms - i.e., on most of the platforms where libpcap is used - 
the time stamps are supplied to userland by the kernel, so if you want to use a 
different timer, you'll have to modify the kernel.  (*BSD, Mac OS X, Linux, 
Solaris, etc.)

> take a look at the code.

I did.  See above.

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