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PCAP_NEXT_EX(3)						       PCAP_NEXT_EX(3)

NAME
       pcap_next_ex, pcap_next - read the next packet from a pcap_t

SYNOPSIS
       #include <pcap/pcap.h>

       int pcap_next_ex(pcap_t *p, struct pcap_pkthdr **pkt_header,
	       const u_char **pkt_data);
       const u_char *pcap_next(pcap_t *p, struct pcap_pkthdr *h);

DESCRIPTION
       pcap_next_ex()  reads  the  next	 packet	 and returns a success/failure
       indication.  If the packet  was	read  without  problems,  the  pointer
       pointed	to  by	the  pkt_header	 argument  is  set  to	point  to  the
       pcap_pkthdr struct for the packet, and the pointer pointed  to  by  the
       pkt_data argument is set to point to the data in the packet.

       pcap_next()  reads  the	next packet (by calling pcap_dispatch() with a
       cnt of 1) and returns a u_char pointer to the data in that packet.  The
       pcap_pkthdr structure pointed to by h is filled in with the appropriate
       values for the packet.

RETURN VALUE
       pcap_next_ex() returns 1 if the packet was read without problems, 0  if
       packets are being read from a live capture, and the timeout expired, -1
       if an error occurred while reading the packet, and -2  if  packets  are
       being  read  from a ``savefile'', and there are no more packets to read
       from the savefile.  If -1 is returned, pcap_geterr()  or	 pcap_perror()
       may be called with p as an argument to fetch or display the error text.

       pcap_next()  returns  a	pointer	 to  the  packet  data on success, and
       returns NULL if an error occured, or if no packets  were	 read  from  a
       live  capture (if, for example, they were discarded because they didn't
       pass the packet filter, or if, on platforms that support a read timeout
       that  starts  before any packets arrive, the timeout expires before any
       packets arrive, or if the file descriptor for the capture device is  in
       non-blocking  mode  and no packets were available to be read), or if no
       more packets are available in a ``savefile.''  Unfortunately, there  is
       no way to determine whether an error occured or not.

SEE ALSO
       pcap(3), pcap_geterr(3), pcap_dispatch(3)

				 5 April 2008		       PCAP_NEXT_EX(3)
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