Managing very large files

Steve Bertrand iaccounts at
Fri Oct 5 05:43:59 PDT 2007

>> The reason for the massive file size was my haste in running out of the
>> office on Friday and forgetting to kill the tcpdump process before the
>> weekend began.
> Sounds like you may want a Perl script to automate managing your
> tcpdumps.

99% of the time I use tcpdump for less than one minute to verify the
presence or lack thereof of ingress/egress traffic on a box or network.

This was the one time that I actually left the shell to continuously let
it capture.

I will next time however wrap it with something to stop this from
happening, or simply use the functions within the program itself:

-c     Exit after receiving count packets.


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