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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for pcap_compile (netbsd section 3)

PCAP_COMPILE(3) 								  PCAP_COMPILE(3)

NAME
       pcap_compile - compile a filter expression

SYNOPSIS
       #include <pcap/pcap.h>

       int pcap_compile(pcap_t *p, struct bpf_program *fp,
	       const char *str, int optimize, bpf_u_int32 netmask);

DESCRIPTION
       pcap_compile()  is  used  to  compile the string str into a filter program.  See pcap-fil-
       ter(7) for the syntax of that string.  program is a pointer to a bpf_program struct and is
       filled in by pcap_compile().  optimize controls whether optimization on the resulting code
       is performed.  netmask specifies the IPv4 netmask of the  network  on  which  packets  are
       being  captured;  it is used only when checking for IPv4 broadcast addresses in the filter
       program.  If the netmask of the network on which packets are being captured isn't known to
       the program, or if packets are being captured on the Linux "any" pseudo-interface that can
       capture on more than one network, a value of PCAP_NETMASK_UNKNOWN can be  supplied;  tests
       for  IPv4  broadcast addreses will fail to compile, but all other tests in the filter pro-
       gram will be OK.

RETURN VALUE
       pcap_compile() returns 0 on success and -1 on failure.  If -1 is  returned,  pcap_geterr()
       or pcap_perror() may be called with p as an argument to fetch or display the error text.

SEE ALSO
       pcap(3), pcap_setfilter(3), pcap_freecode(3), pcap_geterr(3), pcap-filter(7)

					   5 April 2008 			  PCAP_COMPILE(3)


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