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At least under Linux or other unixish OSes, the select approach of reading from multiple tcpdump instances should work. Otherwise, I'd aim for the mod//Net::Pcap approach, using pcap_loop() to read some packets. Also, consider combining the "queries" you hand to the different Pcap instances into one large query. For example, if you want to capture (HTTP) traffic between the local machine and two different hosts, use the following specification:

(dest && (tcp port 80)) ||(src && (tcp port 80)) ||(dest && (tcp port 80)) ||(src && (tcp port 80))

So if you have traffic going over different (known) ports to different (known) machines/IP addresses, the simplest approach might be to capture them all in one stream and sort them out in your Perl code again.

In reply to Re: Real time reading of multiple pcap 'instances' at once by Corion
in thread Real time reading of multiple pcap 'instances' at once by JPaul

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