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WinDump file output is garbled...

Posted on 2002-04-21
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When I run windump and output to the dos window everything
works fine, but when I output to a file, most of the
information is garbled. For instance, the URLs contain
an empty square character where there should be a period.
Looks like this: www(square)somedomain(square)com. This
empty square character appears quite frequently in the file output...I tried using different file formats..but no luck. I guess I can read the urls, but pretty much all
the other info is destroyed in the output.
Does anyone know how to fix this??



Neil D
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by:SysExpert
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The problem is in the editor you are using to view the files.
Either find one that can handle or ignore Tabs, and other garbage characters - or use

find- replace to remove them.

I hope this helps !
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For a good Free editor see


   http://www.notetab.com/ (main site)
Get NoteTab Light.

I hope this helps !

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by:cMan
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Using NoteTab light the file doesnt even open at all, except for a few garbled characters at the beginning. Maybe I should have mentioned at the beginning that the editors I tried using were notepad, wordpad, ms word 2000, and of course NoteTab light...Could I be doing something
myself to corrupt the file...I use the following command
to start windump: "windump.exe -w c:\myfile.txt"...After
the program runs for a few minutes I do "Control + Break"
to terminate it, and then I open the file to see the output....you know the rest.

Neil D
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This may have been designed for a UNIX machine, and noone bothered to change the formatting options of the output.

Try a Windows version of vi or similar.

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by:cMan
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vi???????
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by:lrmoore
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Have you tried using Wordpad?
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cMan

How are you instructing windump to put the output to a file?

If you are using the "windump -w mycapture" command to output the data to mycapture then you will not be able to load the file to an editor and read it. This data is actually a binary capture file which is meant to be re-processed by windump using the -r mycapture option at a later time - in other words it allows you to capture raw data now then reprocess it using various filters later on.

I suspect that what you want to do is to capture what would normally come out on the screen into a file. If this is the case then you need to use redirection as follows:

windump > this_should_be_readable.txt

and this file will be readable in any editor.

Cheers - Gavin
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by:cMan
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Gavin!!! Thank you so much!!
Now I can output the data to file just as it appears in the console window...I understand perfectly now..thank you.
I also like the idea of leaving the file as binary so I can use windump to extract just the data I want. I'll save that one for another time though.

Neil D
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