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I'm trying to send a pcapng format file to wireshark standard in or a named pipe, but I continue to get an error "unrecognized libcap format. Is there still a problem reading this type file through this interface?

My command looks like this:

cat capture_NG.pcap | wireshark -k -i -

I've also tried:

wireshark -k -i <(cat capture_NG.pcap)

asked 22 Apr '14, 16:54

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From the wireshark man page:

Data read from pipes must be in standard libpcap format.

Wireshark cannot read pcap-ng files from STDIN (or pipes in general). So, please convert your pcan-ng capture file to libpcap format (you can use editcap). Then you should be able to pipe the file into Wireshark.

However: The way you are using the file, you don't need a pipe at all. You can just read the capture file directly into Wireshark.

wireshark -nr capture_NG.pcap


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answered 23 Apr '14, 11:53

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edited 23 Apr '14, 11:53

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