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# osmo-pcap distributed network capture
osmo-pcap has been created to collect network traces at different nodes
but store them centrally at a dedicated note for further analysis. This
might be needed for auditing, resolving conflicts, post processing or
debugging a distributed system.
The system consists out of the *osmo-pcap-client* to cpature traffic at a
host and *osmo-pcap-server* to receive the traffic, store and rotate the
traffic at a centralized server. There is a shell script to compress
and expire old traces.
The *osmo-pcap-client* is using libpcap and has a built-in detector for
the GPRS-NS/BSSGP protocol to exclude user traffic. The client is known
to work on 32/64 bit systems. It can be configured through the VTY and
the minimal config includes the interface to monitor, the pcap filter
to use and the server to send it to.
The *osmo-pcap-server* will listen for new TCP connections and then will
receive the data from the client if it is coming from a known/good source
IPv4/port. The server is configured to write one file per client and to
change/rotate the file when the link encapsulation is changing. It can
be configured to rotate the file a given time interval and/or if the
filesize is over a threshold.
The osmo-pcap-server comes with a shell script to rotate and compress
old traces. Currently the configuration parameters (age or amount based)
need to be tuned in the script itself.
## Installation and Configuration
There are Debian, Ubuntu, SLES, OpenSUSE and CentOS packages available via the excellent
[openSUSE Build Service](https://build.opensuse.org/project/show/home:zecke23:osmo-pcap).
Please see the *contrib/osmo-pcap-server.cfg* and *contrib/osmo-pcap-client.cfg*
file in the repository
- [ ] Add non-blocking TLS (probably GNUtls) support between client and server.
- [ ] Improve the clean-up script, maybe re-write in python with exteral configuration.
- [ ] Add hooks to the server to have an application receive all packages
## Author and License
osmo-pcap has been created by Holger Hans Peter Freyther (firstname.lastname@example.org) and is licensed as AGPLv3+. The author appreciates failure or success reports of using the software.