Ok this maybe should have been a 2 parter but they are directly related.
I am using snort to grab packet off the wire, now Ive also developed my own packet grabbing program.
I also have a couple more programs I developed that need the raw packet. Basically I was wondering if there is additonal overhead with having mulitple programs grab packets using libpcap. Or if I am better of using my packet grabbing program grab the packet and pass it on to each of the addtional programs.Also is there a better (faster) way of grabbing packets off the wire other than writing my own driver? (though I would be interested in that as well :) )
I was already looking into this now here is my 2nd part. I am assuming memory mapping would be the fastest way to make the packet in its raw form available to each of the 3 programs. Every example I keep reading talks about using a file where the changes take place in memory but are then put in the file with munmap. Now all I want to do is basically have the packet in its raw for put into memory I dont see any need for a file at all then I would have each of the 3 programs grab that region of memory. Is this the best way to go about it and in which context would I use memory mapping?
I guess Ill just post up the point and spread them out for right answers or if someone knows all this I can drop them in one spot.