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pcap_setnonblock, pcap_getnonblock - set or get the state of non-block-
ing mode on a capture device
int pcap_setnonblock(pcap_t *p, int nonblock, char *errbuf);
int pcap_getnonblock(pcap_t *p, char *errbuf);
pcap_setnonblock() puts a capture handle into ``non-blocking'' mode, or
takes it out of ``non-blocking'' mode, depending on whether the non-
block argument is non-zero or zero. It has no effect on ``savefiles''.
If there is an error, PCAP_ERROR is returned and errbuf is filled in
with an appropriate error message; otherwise, 0 is returned. In ``non-
blocking'' mode, an attempt to read from the capture descriptor with
pcap_dispatch(3) will, if no packets are currently available to be
read, return 0 immediately rather than blocking waiting for packets to
arrive. pcap_loop(3) and pcap_next(3) will not work in ``non-block-
When first activated with pcap_activate(3) or opened with
pcap_open_live(3) , a capture handle is not in ``non-blocking mode''; a
call to pcap_setnonblock() is required in order to put it into ``non-
pcap_getnonblock() returns the current ``non-blocking'' state of the
capture descriptor; it always returns 0 on ``savefiles''. If there is
an error, PCAP_ERROR is returned and errbuf is filled in with an appro-
priate error message.
errbuf is assumed to be able to hold at least PCAP_ERRBUF_SIZE chars.
pcap(3), pcap_next_ex(3), pcap_geterr(3)
25 July 2018 PCAP_SETNONBLOCK(3)