NAME         top

       pcap_get_selectable_fd  -  get  a file descriptor on which a select()
       can be done for a live capture

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcap/pcap.h>

       int pcap_get_selectable_fd(pcap_t *p);

DESCRIPTION         top

       pcap_get_selectable_fd() returns, on UNIX, a file descriptor number
       for a file descriptor on which one can do a select(), poll(), or
       other such call to wait for it to be possible to read packets without
       blocking, if such a descriptor exists, or -1, if no such descriptor
       exists.  Some network devices opened with pcap_create() and
       pcap_activate(), or with pcap_open_live(), do not support select() or
       poll() (for example, regular network devices on FreeBSD 4.3 and 4.4,
       and Endace DAG devices), so -1 is returned for those devices.

       Note that a descriptor on which a read can be done without blocking
       may, on some platforms, not have any packets to read if the packet
       buffer timeout has expired.  A call to pcap_dispatch() will return 0
       in this case, but will not block.

       Note that in:

              FreeBSD prior to FreeBSD 4.6;

              NetBSD prior to NetBSD 3.0;

              OpenBSD prior to OpenBSD 2.4;

              Mac OS X prior to Mac OS X 10.7;

       select() and poll() do not work correctly on BPF devices;
       pcap_get_selectable_fd() will return a file descriptor on most of
       those versions (the exceptions being FreeBSD 4.3 and 4.4), but a
       simple select() or poll() will not indicate that the descriptor is
       readable until a full buffer's worth of packets is received, even if
       the packet timeout expires before then.  To work around this, an
       application that uses select() or poll() to wait for packets to
       arrive must put the pcap_t in non-blocking mode, and must arrange
       that the select() or poll() have a timeout less than or equal to the
       packet buffer timeout, and must try to read packets after that
       timeout expires, regardless of whether select() or poll() indicated
       that the file descriptor for the pcap_t is ready to be read or not.
       (That workaround will not work in FreeBSD 4.3 and later; however, in
       FreeBSD 4.6 and later, select() and poll() work correctly on BPF
       devices, so the workaround isn't necessary, although it does no

       Note also that poll() doesn't work on character special files,
       including BPF devices, in Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, so, while select()
       can be used on the descriptor returned by pcap_get_selectable_fd(),
       poll() cannot be used on it those versions of Mac OS X.  Kqueues also
       don't work on that descriptor.  poll(), but not kqueues, work on that
       descriptor in Mac OS X releases prior to 10.4; poll() and kqueues
       work on that descriptor in Mac OS X 10.6 and later.

       pcap_get_selectable_fd() is not available on Windows.

RETURN VALUE         top

       A selectable file descriptor is returned if one exists; otherwise, -1
       is returned.

SEE ALSO         top

       pcap(3PCAP), select(2), poll(2)

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                               20 January 2017 PCAP_GET_SELECTABLE_FD(3PCAP)