[Snort-users] packet capture/loss statistics

Phil Wood cpw at ...440...
Mon Mar 12 19:16:58 EST 2001

I think there is a problem calculating the percent of dropped packets on

First, ps_recv is incremented every time a packet is received by
the user application.  Second, this value plus ps_drop which is supplied by
the linux kernel via:

  (getsockopt(p->fd, SOL_PACKET, PACKET_STATISTICS, (void*)&tps, &olen) == 0)

is roughly equal to the number of packets received by the kernel.  There is
actually another value ps_ifdrop which is equal to the kernel

  (tp_packets - (ps_recv + tp_drops)).

Consequently, I modified the call to CalcPct to look like so:

  CalcPct(drop, recv + drop);

This may only be true for linux.



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