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1 Changelog for EtherApe
3 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.18 (Sunday, June 3, 2018):
5 EtherApe now is a pure GTK 3 application, with canvas supplied by GooCanvas
8 While GooCanvas itself is in maintenance mode, is still the simpler canvas
9 library available and with an API almost identical to gnome-canvas, too!
10 Longer term, EtherApe ui should be completely redesigned and modernized,
11 but this is for another day.
13 Changes summary:
14 * EtherApe ported to GTK3 using GooCanvas instead of the obsolete
18 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.17 (Thursday, April 5, 2018):
20 This is a bugfix release, because a bug made 0.9.16 still runtime-dependent
21 on gnomeui and other gnome 2 libraries.
23 Changes summary:
24 * EtherApe now requires Gtk 2.24
26 * fixed a bug making libglade load gnome2 libraries
28 * Sometimes node/links windows were freezing.
31 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.16 (Sunday, January 14, 2018):
33 Several distributions are phasing out Gnome 2 libraries and EtherApe needs
34 to update as well.
35 Unfortunately, this mean dropping support for older distributions, for
36 example CENTOS 5 and 6. At this time the EtherApe executable can still be
37 built for those distributions, but not the project as a whole.
39 This is an interim release, where the only Gnome 2 component is
40 gnome-canvas. Apart of that, EtherApe is now a GTK2 application.
41 Work is underway to replace gnome-canvas with another component.
42 Documentation is now based on yelp-tools instead of Scroolkeeper/Rarian.
44 Many thanks to Patrick Matthäi for packaging EtherApe for Debian and
45 helping to keep this tool current.
47 Changes summary:
48 * require only gnome-canvas, not gnome-ui. Based on the work of
49 Arch Linux packager bgyorgy (Balló György). Thanks!
51 * migrate from deprecated gnome-doc-utils to yelp-tools.
52 Unfortunately this change rules out older distributions
54 * updated German translation, thanks to Chris Leick
57 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.15 (Friday, February 10, 2017):
58 The central node ring setting now accepts multiple node specifiers
59 (separated by any combination of spaces and/or commas), and also
60 now understands glob syntax, so you can put for example
62 10.0.0.0/24, *.mydomain.tld, somehost.otherdomain.tld
64 and it will do what you'd expect.
66 There is now a compile-time configure option ('--with-c-ares',
67 disabled by default) to enable DNS resolution via the c-ares
68 library, supplanting EtherApe's built-in multithreaded
69 gethostbyaddr(3)-based resolver. This is a fully non-blocking DNS
70 library and thus has potential for better performance while using
71 only a single background resolver thread, but also means that
72 name-lookup is strictly DNS-based, and will thus not take
73 /etc/hosts, NIS, or other name services into account.
75 There is a slightly backwards-incompatible change in the syntax of
76 the node-position file used with the '-P' flag added in release
77 0.9.14. It now uses the same CIDR notation plus hostname-globbing
78 syntax used by the central node ring setting (instead of POSIX
79 regular expressions). This provides simpler and more consistent
80 syntax with essentially the same real-world utility, but may
81 require some small changes to existing node-position files. Some
84 Old (regex) New (CIDR+glob)
85 =============== ===============
86 172.16.2.[0-9]* 172.16.2.0/24
87 .*.mydomain.com *.mydomain.com
88 fe80:.* fe80::/16
90 Additionally, each line of the node-position file may now include
91 multiple such node-matching patterns (separated by spaces and/or
92 commas as with the central node ring setting), so a single line
93 might look like:
95 *.mydomain.com, 10.0.0.0/24 3
97 (to put all nodes matching the given domain or CIDR range into
98 column 3).
100 As a security feature (privilege separation), packet-capture
101 operations are now isolated in a separate background process. The
102 new '-Z' flag can be used to specify a user to run the main
103 (foreground) process as.
106 Changes summary:
107 * New option to use c-ares for DNS resolution.
108 * Multiple node/subnets and glob syntax now supported for central
109 node ring.
110 * Node-matching syntax for '-P' flag's file now uses CIDR
111 notation and hostname-globbing instead of regexes.
112 * Multiple patterns can now be given on a single line of the
113 node-position ('-P') file.
114 * The columnar-layout ('-P') code has been changed to re-adjust
115 the spacing of nodes within a column when the number of nodes
116 decreases. The 10-column limit has also been removed.
117 * The background-image feature introduced in 0.9.14 can now be
118 turned off via a preference check-box.
119 * The background of the protocol legend is now black so that
120 lighter colors (e.g. yellow) are more readable.
121 * There is now an option to display packet-capture statistics
122 from libpcap in the main window (hover the mouse over them for
123 an explanation in the status bar).
124 * The show/hide state of the toolbar, protocol legend, and status
125 bar are now preserved along with other preferences in the
126 user's config file.
127 * New '-Z' flag (or '--relinquish-privileges') can be used to run
128 most processing as an unprivileged user.
131 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.14 (Saturday February 06, 2016):
132 EtherApe now users the system /etc/services file instead of its own.
133 While this change make some customizations a bit harder, it guarantees an
134 up-to-date services file.
135 Note to packagers: /etc/etherape is not needed anymore.
137 Central node option now undestands CIDR notation, allowing for a central
138 ring of nodes, thanks to Zev Weiss.
139 Static background image, courtesy of Glenn Feunteun.
140 Nodes can be optionally arranged as columns, thanks to David Goldfarb.
143 Changes summary:
144 * autoconf updated to 2.69
145 * fixed incorrect WLAN control frames decoding
146 * fix UTF-8 encoding of several files, thanks to StrPt.
147 * read system services file instead of EtherApe one, thanks to Zev Weiss.
148 * fix race condition on exit, thanks to Zev Weiss
149 * central ring option, thanks to Zev Weiss
150 * tweaks to preference windows to better work with tiling managers,
151 thanks to Zev Weiss.
152 * static background image (Glenn Feunteun)
153 * arrange nodes in 'columns' (David Goldfarb)
156 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.13 (Sun May 05, 2013):
157 Central node option, useful for displaying routers or proxies.
158 Translations and documentation updates, plus some fixes.
160 Changes summary:
161 * Optional central node, based on work of Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
163 * re-enabled full-screen mode, thanks to nrvale0
164 * Updated spanish translation, thanks to Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
166 * Added German translation, and fixed typos, thanks to Chris Leick.
167 * Updated documentation.
170 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.12 (Tuesday May 31, 2011):
171 This is a bug fix release.
172 David Goldfarb discovered a critical bug in EtherApe, causing a
173 NULL pointer indirection with RPC traffic.
174 This bug has security implications, because can be exploited to a
175 (remote) DOS attack.
176 Packet content is not involved, however, so no privilege escalation
177 should happen (unless the machine is already subverted by other means).
179 Changes summary:
180 * fix bug 3309061 (CVE-2011-3369)
183 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.11 (Friday May 27, 2011):
184 Several users asked for a way to export traffic statistics.
185 EtherApe now can save a snapshot with all known nodes and relevant
186 information to an XML file. With option --final-export, a dump is
187 automatically generated when a capture file is fully replayed.
188 Additionally, option --signal-export enables SIGUSR1 handling, to
189 dump on signal.
191 EtherApe used to have two links for connection, one for each traffic
192 direction. With this release, only one link is needed, gaining more
193 complete statistics and better resource usage.
195 EtherApe config file is now ~/.config/etherape, instead of the older,
196 deprecated, ~/.gnome2/Etherape. Migration is automatic.
197 Filter expression is now saved.
199 Thanks to OpenSUSE Build Service and a new spec file, development rpms can
200 easily be built for OpenSUSE 11.3, SLE11, Centos5/RHEL5, Fedora and
202 The spec file is somewhat generic, lacking the nicer integrations of
203 official distribution packages, so you are advised to build with EtherApe
204 spec file only as a last resort.
206 OSX compatibility improved, thanks to Zack Perry.
208 The old, deprecated, direct resolver was removed. Name resolution is now
209 only done with the full fledged threaded resolver.
211 Changes summary:
212 * XML export of node statistics.
213 * added --final-export to export statistics at replay end.
214 * added --signal-export to export statistics on SIGUSR1 (FR 3185920).
215 * improved link statistics
216 * added a toolbar button to open the nodes window.
217 * a new button allows skipping lengthy pauses when replaying.
218 * fixed a long-standing bug affecting expiry timeouts. EtherApe was
219 overestimating traffic averages.
220 * used stock icons when possible to improve consistency with themes.
221 * EtherApe now builds natively on CENTOS5/RHEL5.
222 * rewrote spec file for use with OpenSUSE Build Service.
223 * updated documentation.
224 * removed several (harmless) compiler warnings to make packager's life
226 * imported debian-specific patches and a swedish translation by Daniel
228 * workaround for OSX troubles with gtk_input_add. Thanks to Zack Perry
229 persistence for helping diagnose and fix.
230 * removed obsolete preference "cycle assigned colors".
231 * removed deprecated direct resolver
232 * config file now saved to ~/.config/etherape
233 * filter expression is now saved with the other preferences.
234 * italian translation
235 * link and node sizes now computed with the same variable types.
236 * new size variables: active packets, total packets, average packet size.
239 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.10 (Sunday Feb 06, 2011):
240 The most notable change is IPV6 support, thanks to David Flamand.
241 EtherApe now computes average packet size, to better estimate network
243 The new option --min-delay allows slow-motion replay of a capture file.
245 In 0.9.9 relnotes I forgot to mention a fix from Sotiris Sotiropoulos.
246 Many apologies for the mistake.
248 Note: the old non-threaded name resolver is deprecated and will be
249 removed on the next release. If you really need it, speak up *now*.
250 Works only with IPV4 addresses, anyway.
252 Changes summary:
253 * IPV6 support, thanks to David Flamand.
254 * new statistic: average packet size.
255 * added option --min-delay, to complement --max-delay when
256 replaying from file. With this option you can replay a capture
257 in slow-motion.
258 * tweaked default service file, adding some common ports.
259 * added check for invalid proto-color mappings (debian bug 566226).
260 * removed bogus double assignement. Thanks to "johndoe123321".
262 Important: CVS repository shutdown
263 Effective from today, EtherApe CVS is no longer accessible.
264 Plese refer to the Mercurial repository.
267 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.9 (Monday Jan 04, 2010):
268 The most interesting change of this release is *basic* 802.11 WLAN support.
269 WLAN is one of the most complex protocols around ('crazy' sometimes seems a
270 better description) and there's no way to support it completely without a
271 dedicated display mode.
272 As an example, a single WLAN packet could contain up to four (4) addresses,
273 source and destination, plus AP interchange. Showing the exact packet route
274 could be interesting for someone trying to understand WLANs, but not very
275 useful to monitor application traffic.
276 So EtherApe tries to treat APs like routers, ignoring them if not directly
277 addressed. Thus a packet starting from node X and ending with node Y will be
278 shown as a straight link between the two nodes, even if the real path was
279 X-AP and AP-Y.
281 The other notable improvement is 802.1Q VLAN tagging support. VLAN tags are
282 decoded but ignored, showing all traffic as being in a normal LAN.
283 Filtering a single vlan could be accomplished with pcap expressions.
285 Due to pcap limitations, to correctly filter VLAN traffic the pcap filter
286 must start with the keyword "vlan" (e.g. vlan and ip) and *all* traffic must
287 be VLAN-tagged.
289 Note to packagers: EtherApe now uses gnome-doc-utils. Manual should
290 appear in yelp under 'Internet'.
292 Important: this release will be the last mirrored on the CVS repository, wich
293 will be shut down as of march 2010.
295 Changes summary:
296 * wlan and wlan/radiotap protocol decoding.
297 * wlan QOS support.
298 * PPI (Per Packet Incapsulation) decoding.
299 * basic 802.1Q VLAN support (FRQ: 1561647).
300 * LLC-SNAP support.
301 * unified link level modes.
302 * several performance enhancements.
303 * refactored and streamlined node id definition.
304 * improved l3 packet deconding, now fully dynamic.
305 * improved documentation, now using gnome-doc-utils.
306 * borrowed some info from Mandriva .desktop file.
307 * Mandriva now compiles with -Werror=format-security and EtherApe was
308 failing to compile. Thanks to Jerome Brenier for the fix.
311 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.8 (Sunday Sep 27 2009):
313 Apart for the usual bug fixes, this release see a the switch to glade-3, the
314 overdue removal of bonobo dock and several other deprecated widgets.
315 Most of the ui now uses directly Gtk+ instead of Gnome. At this time
316 there isn't a real alternative to GnomeCanvas, so quite a bit of Gnome
317 still remains.
318 To make partially up for the long delay, there are some new functionality as
319 well: a node listing window, substantial performance enhancements, and some
320 improvements here and there. See the details below.
321 Note the new timing defaults: out of the box, Etherape will react faster to
322 traffic changes and give a better "feel" of current the network state.
323 The faster expiration will also help to reduce memory and cpu requirements.
324 On the other hand, "forgetting" inactive nodes faster makes Etherape less
325 suited for mid-term monitoring; the new values will be too small.
326 I believe this change will be useful to most people, though, and especially
327 suited to newcomers, who often have difficulties understanding the different
328 timing types. Experienced users can still easily adapt Etherape to their
330 I have already mentioned the switch to mercurial. A couple months from now
331 the CVS repository will be shut down.
333 Changes summary:
334 * Fixed bug 1713590, bad replaying of out-of-order packets (Bug report
335 by "haywire_dk")
336 * Fixed bug 1435271, about box doesn't report version (Bug report
337 by Cullen Newsom, who had to wait more than three years for this
339 * Fixed bug 2839050, a massive memory leak reported by "psistormyamato".
340 * Fixed a bug causing no-data tcp packets to have incorrect port.
341 * Improved performance in several key areas.
342 * Upgraded to glade-3, removed deprecated widgets and functions, tweaked
343 the looks a bit.
344 * Added --glade-file option to load a different glade file.
345 * Renamed --infile to --replay-file to be more consistent with the
346 shortcut (-r).
347 * Option --zero-delay (-z) is now replaced by --max-delay, receiving a
348 maximum delay in ms between packet when replaying from file.
349 * Revised preferences dialog. Timeouts now expressed in seconds.
350 * Added preference for diagram text color.
351 * Added port column to protocol infos (Feature request 2818525).
352 * Made node name and ip selectable in node/link info (FR 2818525 again).
353 * Preferences dialog now accepts multiple protocols for a color.
354 * Added a node window, showing a table with all non-expired nodes (i.e.
355 both those visible on diagram and the inactive, hidden, but not removed
357 * Removed several outdated preferences: diagram is always anti-aliased,
358 links always fade on timeout and info windows show protocol data.
359 * Revised default timings, now geared toward instant monitoring.
360 Previous values where more suited for mid-term analisys.
361 Since sub-second timeouts aren't very useful, and reading milliseconds
362 less than ideal, all expire periods now are entered in seconds.
363 * Etherape had always the ability to map multiple protocols to a single
364 color, but you had to create multiple rows, manually matching the RGB
365 code. Now the preferences dialog accepts protocols separated by ',' for
366 the same row and also compacts automatically previously distinct rows.
367 You can also change the row color.
368 * The link width slider now controls the link width/node radius ratio, so
369 changing both node and link size will be easier, while retaining the
370 ability to have a links smaller or greater than nodes.
371 * Expanded internal consistency checks.
372 * Info and debug levels are now enabled by defining the environment
373 variable APE_DEBUG with values respectively info or debug (case
377 Development repository switched to Mercurial (Tuesday Sep 08 2009):
379 Now that SourceForge officially supports Mercurial, there's no reason
380 to still use CVS.
381 DVCs are faster, have much more features and imho much better suited
382 to open source work.
383 Using hg should also lower the barrier for anyone wishing to hack on
385 The old CVS repo will be occasionally (e.g. on releases) synchronized
386 for a while to make life easier for packagers. Full history will be
387 available only on hg, however.
389 The new mercurial repo contains almost all the past project history,
390 but since it's a conversion between two very different systems (for
391 example, CVS doesn't have changesets, so the converter must infer them
392 from timestamps and commit messages), there are some differences.
393 So, if you really want to know how the project evolved before release
394 0.9.7, please consult the CVS repo.
397 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.7 (Saturday Sep 30 2006):
399 Bugfix release. Special thanks to Pav Lucistnik for providing patches
400 and bug reports.
402 Changes summary:
403 * Fixed bug 1496607, thread termination failure (Bug report by Pav
405 * Fixed bug 1496621, crash after pausing (Fix by Pav Lucistnik).
406 * Fixed bug 1496614, crash in initialize_ethers() (Fix by Pav
409 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.6 (Tuesday May 16 2006):
411 Some distributions had trouble linking correctly EtherApe. This
412 release should fix that.
414 Changes summary:
415 * On newer distros (like FC5) the linker was called without
416 --export-dynamic, making EtherApe unusable.
417 * Fixed bug 1488215, "cancel" button on preferences dialog doesn't
419 * Updated .desktop and .spec files
420 * Updated debian files. Thanks to F.Peters (debian maintainer).
422 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.5 (Saturday May 06 2006):
424 After the recent changes the manual was really obsolete. This release
425 features a completely rewritten one, properly integrated with the
426 Gnome help browser. You'll find EtherApe under Applications - System
429 Changes summary:
430 * Manual completely rewritten with docbook-XML. Now registers with
432 * Thanks to Jeffrey G. Gomberg, who had the patience to test and
433 identify problems, this release features improved OSX support.
434 * Thanks to Ben Allen, added a new opzion, 'zero-delay' (-z) to play
435 captured files without accounting for timestamp. Usually EtherApe
436 uses the timestamp to playback packets as they came in when
437 recording. This option essentially disables this, making as if all
438 packets came in at once.
439 As Ben said 'It provides a QUICK way to generate a graph of all of
440 the conversations in a capture file, without having to wait the
441 length of the capture. This is helpful for visualizing data from
442 long (hours to days) captures'.
443 * Fixed a bug preventing conversations to expire properly.
445 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.4 (Saturday Jan 14 2006):
447 This release comes after a first round of extensive refactoring,
448 needed to clean up some of the cruft accumulated during the years and
449 make further developments easier. While still a work in progress,
450 memory control is tighter and protocol dissectors more robust.
452 EtherApe calculates an extensive set of traffic statistics, even if
453 only a small part is always visible on the diagram. For example, every
454 node and link maintains complete data for every protocol seen, but
455 only the most active one is displayed. Thus, the detail dialogs now
456 show also traffic breakdown by protocol.
458 Changes summary:
459 * New feature: link info dialog. Double-clicking on a link shows
460 traffic and protocol statistics.
461 * New feature: improved node info dialog now displays both traffic
462 and protocol statistics.
463 * New feature: protocol aging. Now protocols, like nodes and links,
464 can expire and be purged automatically.
465 * Heavy refactoring to make sources easier to understand and
467 * Small performance enhancements due to refactoring.
468 * Better memory handling due to refactoring.
469 * Unified handling of traffic statistics.
470 * Rewritten interface listing. Now uses directly pcap_findalldevs to
471 list interfaces available for capturing. The interface submenu now
472 list also the "any" device, if present. The older method is
473 deprecated (at the moment it can be enabled with a #define) and
474 will be removed in a future release. If someone needs it, please
475 file a feature request.
476 * Tidied up preferences dialog, removing unneeded entries.
477 * Rewritten and improved node/link timeout handling.
478 * Fixes bug 1362426 (i8n issues). Thanks to Daniel Nylander for
479 hunting down that and providing a detailed example.
480 * Fixes bug 1385105 (crash with double free). Thanks to goga_russian
481 for the segnalation.
482 * Fixes bug 1372245 (crashes when node goes too big). Thanks to
483 goga_russing for the segnalation.
484 * Fixes bug 1396236 ("force numeric" and "dns resolution" checkboxes
485 not working).
486 * Fixes bug 1268291 (OSX net/if.h). Thanks to Eric Stewart for the
488 * Legend labels now align to left.
489 * Fixed a bug when closing the preferences dialog.
491 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.3 (Thursday 8-18-2005):
493 * Fixes bug 1083524 (deletion of all user colors)
494 * Fixes bug 1024944 (compilation on OSX). Thanks to Lars Eggert for
495 the patch.
496 * Fixes a bug with the legend handling (beware: on later gnomes the
497 legend could behave strangely if you use a binary package built
498 for an older gnome release)
500 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.2 (Saturday 8-13-2005):
502 * New multithreaded name resolution using the standard resolver api.
503 Works with dns, /etc/host, ...
504 Note: The multithreaded resolver needs gethostbyaddr_r(). If your
505 distribution doesn't have it, you're forced to use the old
507 * Small fixes for gcc 4
508 * cvs cleanup
510 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.1 (Wednesday 8-11-2004):
512 * Color-coded protocol dialog
513 * Some tweaks to compile with newer distros
515 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.0(Saturday 01-03-2003):
517 * Gnome 2 preliminary support, including a new option for an
518 antialiased diagram.
519 * Gcc 3.2 compile support
520 * Some bug and potential bug fixes
521 * New Turkish translation, by Gôrkem Cetin
522 * Several fixes to assure proper compilation with newer autotools
523 * Resolved memory bug by limiting resolved names to 1024 entries and
524 arranging them in a simple LRU cache
526 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.8.2 (Sunday 08-12-2001):
528 * Fix from Dave Yearke to bring back compilability to systems not
529 defining DLT_LINUX_SLL
530 * Should fix node globbing on screen under heavy loads
531 * Added dialogs for name selection. The code behind the dialogs is
532 not there yet, so don't expect it to work
534 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.8.1 (Monday 08-06-2001):
536 * Added support for ISDN on Linux (added support for linux cooked
537 sockets in general). Thanks to Ole Andreas Weel for providing the
538 capture file.
539 * Removes some testing info that was showing up when adding a new
540 color to the color-protocols table
542 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.8.0 (Friday 08-03-2001):
544 * Added much requested color selection dialog, to set and save your
545 preferences for protocol coloring
546 * Fixes program not behaving when using pause in live capture
547 * Fixes a potential crash when deleting the font selection window
548 using the window manager
550 Juan Toledo got his engineering degree (07-20-2001)
552 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.8 (Friday 07-06-2001):
554 * Fixes device being left in promiscuous mode at exit
556 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.7 (Friday 06-22-2001):
558 * Per mode name selection code was not working. For instance,
559 /etc/ethers was not being used in ethernet mode. Fixed
560 * Fixes a crash triggered at times when changing modes or restarting
561 a capture
562 * Should fix a cluttering of the display under heavy loads
563 * Removes a compilation warning about floor not being declared
565 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.6 (Sunday 05-13-2001):
567 * Now you can decide if you want to group unknown TCP and udp ports
568 or not
569 * Can show IPX SAP resource names in ethernet mode
570 * Added a good deal of new protocols: ICQ, napster, DEC, LAT, IPX
571 and many, many more. Remember that you must set Ethernet mode in
572 order to see non IP protocols
573 * You can select the columns to display in the protocols window
574 * Pausing a live capture doesn't drop packets (statistics will still
575 be valid)
576 * Fixes mode setting from the command line
578 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.5 (Friday 05-10-2001):
580 * Added more information to the protocols window: instantenous
581 traffic, last heard and number of packets
582 * Greatly improves CPU usage, should drop less packets in heavy
583 loaded networks (increase refresh period if you are more
584 interested in truthful statistics)
585 * Double click a protocol in the protocols window to get an
586 individual window for that protocol (yet to be filled with more
588 * Fixes a segfault introduced in 0.7.4 triggered under heavy loads
590 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.4 (Wednesday 05-09-2001):
592 * Added support for RPC_REPLYs and passive FTP. That's because
593 EtherApe now understands the notion of conversations
594 * Application is more responsive now under heavy loads
595 * Fixed the CPU problem and part of the leak that was introduced in
597 * Fixed CPU hogging when in pause
598 * Fixed a segfault triggered when a capture file was given first in
599 the command line and later through the GUI
601 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.3 (Tuesday 05-08-2001):
603 * Added ability to resize columns and sort rows in the protocols
604 window table
605 * Added a toolbar button and a menu entry to call the protocols
607 * Unregistered TCP and udp ports now show as an unique protocol,
608 instead of being summed up in TCP_UNKNOWN and UDP_UNKNOWN
610 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.2 (Monday 05-07-2001):
612 * Displays a protocol statistics window when you double click the
613 protocols legend
614 * Fixes the problem with links not disappearing when stopping the
617 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.1 (Sunday 05-06-2001):
619 * The protocol table is emptied after stopping a capture, and now
620 only shows the relevant protocols when changing the stack level
622 * Better color behavior: removed repeated colors, and cycles color
623 usage for further protocols
624 * Fixes token ring mode in token ring networks (IP mode was working
626 * Fixes a problem that showed up after a second offline capture in a
629 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.0 (Saturday 05-05-2001):
631 * New node cache timeout adjustment to avoid building on memory
633 * Some improvements to reduce CPU usage as time passes by
634 * Updated Dutch and Spanish translations
636 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.9 (Thursday 04-26-2001):
638 * Added new node info window that pops up when a node is double
639 clicked and is updated in real time. Since we have a proper window
640 now, we can remove the hideous node pop up window
641 * Fixes nodes reappearing in the diagram after a while and never
642 being timed out again
643 * Fixes the "** WARNING **: could not find signal handler" bug for
644 architectures that were not automatically exporting symbols by
645 adding libtool support
647 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.8 (Wednesday 04-25-2001):
649 * Added support for Token Ring (Thanks to Robert Frank for the
650 capture file)
651 * Squashed yet another memory leak. (I won't say it's the last, lest
652 Jim Howards proves me wrong again :-) )
653 * Fixed more problems with names in FDDI mode
655 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.7 (Monday 04-23-2001):
657 * RPM package finally works for RedHat users
658 * Choose node size from among (total|inbound|outbound) instantenous
659 or accumulated traffic
660 * Tooltips show correct accumulated traffic value
661 * Node names are not forgotten when they timeout
662 * Removed interape binary and moved etherape to bin from sbin
664 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.6 (Saturday 04-21-2001):
666 * Fixes a serious leak introduced in 0.6.1
668 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.5 (Saturday 04-21-2001):
670 * Reports less false positive by giving priority to registered port
671 numbers (below 1024) and fixing a bug that was causing etherape to
672 only acknowledge RCP_REPLY messages
673 * Get extensive node info in console by double clicking it (use
674 export DEBUG=INFO)
676 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.4 (Friday 04-20-2001):
678 * Better support for NetBIOS over IP name recognition (captures
679 names from host announcements messages, besides the already
680 supported session_request)
681 * Fixes the "Illegal" node name bug
682 * Compile fixes for platforms breaking at the libpcap check
684 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.3 (Thursday 04-19-2001):
686 * Can find windows names in netbios over TCP session packets
687 * Fixed a couple of cases in which ethernet addresses were displayed
688 instead of IP addresses
689 * Should report less false positive protocol identifications
691 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.2 (Wednesday 04-18-2001):
693 * New interface setting menu: now you can set the device to capture
694 from at run time
695 * Added support for RPC protocols. That means that NFS shows as such
696 most of the time at last
697 * Fixed a bug introduced in 0.6.0 that froze EtherApe
698 * Fixed a couple of references to null pointers which I believe
699 where the cause of most crashes
701 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.1 (Tuesday 04-17-2001):
703 * New mode setting menu: now you can choose among link layer, IP or
704 TCP modes on the fly from whitin the GUI
705 * The status bar now shows an actually informative message
707 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.0 (Saturday 04-15-2001):
709 * Play, pause and stop buttons now work as expected
710 * New open capture file menu item
711 * Fixed filter history
712 * Fixed ip addresses not showing in FDDI
714 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.9 (Thursday 04-12-2001):
716 * Does not leak anymore. Formally tested! :-)
717 * Online documentation. At least you get the menu entries. I still
718 need to finish writing the docs :-)
719 * Default operation mode is now IP. If you want to go back to
720 ethernet mode, use -m ethernet at the command line
721 * Loopback device now supported (was needed to test non-leakage)
723 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.8 (Thursday 04-05-2001):
725 * Fixed non-displaying text on diagram. If you still see squares
726 instead of text, go to preferences and choose a new font. Save
727 your preferences.
728 * Application icon now shows on the window manager and the about box
729 * Rpm package does not require alsa anymore
731 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.7 (Tuesday 04-03-2001):
733 * Dutch translation. (Thanks, Vincent)
734 * Fixed compilation problem with resolver library and newer libc
735 * Menu entries for Gnome and Debian systems
736 * Included application icon. I can't track who sent me the couple of
737 icons I have. If anybody knows who the author is, please tell me
738 so that I can properly credit him
739 * New version after eleven months! Development is retaken! :-)
741 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.6 (Thursday 05-4-2000):
743 * Fixed a stupid but serious bug introduced in 0.5.3 which caused
744 the capture to stop for no good reason. This happened because I
745 was away from home and I was developing using only capture files
746 with no access to any live network. I'm sorry it took me this long
747 to solve the problem... :-(
749 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.5 (Saturday 04-22-2000):
751 * New Stack Level setting: "Topmost Recognized Protocol". This is
752 probably what you want to have as default. If you have used any
753 previous version of EtherApe and have saved your settings, you
754 will probably want to change it.
756 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.4 (Saturday 04-22-2000):
758 * TCP and UDP protocols are read from a configuration file:
759 services. I could use some help in trying to determine what's
760 missing and what should not be in in the deafault services file.
761 Unified diffs accepted. :-)
763 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.3 (Friday 04-21-2000):
765 * Added start and stop buttons. The toolbar is back, since it is now
766 useful. :-)
767 * General menu cleanup
769 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.2 (Thursday 04-20-2000):
771 * Added new -l option. You can use it to limit the nodes displayed
772 only to the N most active. GUI configuration and more the ability
773 to use more criteria will come next
775 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.1 (Wednesday 04-19-2000):
777 * Fixed lots of memory leaks thanks to Owen Taylor and his fantastic
779 * Should not hog the CPU in offline mode anymore
780 * Node size is zero again when the average traffic is zero
781 * Got rid of the toolbar by default
783 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.0 (Saturday 04-15-2000):
785 * Fixed PPP and SLIP modes not showing any protocols nor names
786 * Moved code to libglade. This means:
787 + You will need libglade to compile and run EtherApe
788 + No more GTK warnings
789 + The view menu is fixed. Check buttons work as expected
790 + You can change the interface by editing EtherApe.glade with
791 glade without having to recompile
792 + All kinds of benefits for the developer. Now I can go back at
793 dealing with the GUI
794 * These are major changes. Please report any problems (see
797 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.7 (Friday 04-14-2000):
799 * Fixed segfault when applying preferences changes and a filter had
800 been set up in the command line
801 * (Bill Barth) New, improved static mode
802 * Debug messages depend on the DEBUG environment variable. You can
803 set it to DEBUG or INFO if you want to see them again. Added -q
804 option too, to get rid of WARNINGS as well
805 * Refresh period is finally working the intended way (I hope).
806 Should free up CPU in many cases
808 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.6 (Monday 04-10-2000):
810 * Ports were not appearing in TCP mode
811 * Accumulated per name traffic was not properly updated
813 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.5 (Sunday 04-09-2000):
815 * /etc/ethers is used again in Ethernet mode
816 * FQDN is again only used in IP or TCP mode
817 * Added new --stationary option, so that people getting sick of
818 following nodes around can have a rest. :-)
820 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.4 (Sunday 04-09-2000):
822 * Nodes keep track of all names by which they are referenced. Right
823 now only the most used one is displayed
824 * This breaks /etc/ethers usage for IP nodes. You'll see your router
825 change names a lot in ethernet mode. :-) I'll try to solve this
827 * I changed quite a lot of things. Please test it and tell me any
828 problems you find so that I can fix them
830 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.3 (Tuesday 04-04-2000):
832 * Recognizes IP fragmentation. Should make up for unexpected
833 protocols in your network
834 * Node colors are those of its most common protocol. This is a bonus
835 on my way of handling several names per node.
836 * Fixed a bug by which actually the least common protocol had its
837 color shown. Come on, guys... How come nobody reported this one?
840 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.2 (Tuesday 04-04-2000):
842 * Initial FDDI support.
843 * Uploaded working RPM (for version 0.4.1).
845 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.1 (Monday 04-03-2000):
847 * Hiding legend works again (for me, at least).
848 * Link directions were reversed in ethernet mode.
849 * New webpage (mostly copied from ethereal's :-) )
850 * First try at RPM distribution. Please report whether it works.
852 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.0 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):
854 * Node size is dependent on outbound traffic
855 * You can distinguish both directions of a link.
857 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.9 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):
859 * You may safely turn down refresh period to minimum. If CPU can't
860 handle it, it will just do a best effort.
861 * Patch from Fabrice Bellet. Should fix more RedHat problems. Please
862 report if it solves yours.
863 * Some more segfault fixing.
865 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.8 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):
867 * Filter entry has history.
868 * Prefs window is raised when called.
869 * I think I fixed almost all memory leaks.
870 * Some more segfaults fixed.
872 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.7 (Friday 03-24-2000):
874 * You can now "playback" tcpdump output files.
875 * The legend now has a scrollbar if there are more protocols than it
876 can hold.
878 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.6 (Friday 03-24-2000):
880 * Recognizes level 5 UDP protocols.
881 * Default stack level is now 5
882 * Can anybody please send me the most complete /etc/services in
883 Earth? Mine in debian is quite complete, but it's missing things
884 like ICQ.
886 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.5 (Thursday 03-23-2000):
888 * Sorry. I forgot to include the new files in the distribution. :-(
890 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.4 (Thursday 03-23-2000):
892 * Recognizes level 5 TCP protocols (Set stack level to 5) UDP
893 protocols should be done tomorrow morning. (Can somebody explain
894 me why 6000 is not a recognized protocol in standard
896 * Fixed a compilation problem for people with libbind.a installed.
898 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.3 (Thursday 03-23-2000):
900 * Fixes a serious and stupid segfault.
901 * Recognizes level 4 IP protocols (set stack level to 4)
903 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.2 (Wednesday 03-22-2000):
905 * You may choose what level of the protocol stack to look at. Now I
906 should be able to add more protocol decoding easyly.
907 * I think I have squashed the growing legend bug. Please report.
908 * Diagram tries to use most of the window.
909 * Got away with some other memory leaks, though I probably just
910 introduced some others.
912 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.1 (Monday 03-20-2000):
914 * Capture filter may be set in the preferences dialog in runtime
915 * Warning! The above is just candy to have you all test some major
916 code restructuring. Please report any problems.
918 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.0 (Saturday 03-18-2000):
920 * Preferences can be saved
921 * The status bar shows the main protocol when over a link, and the
922 node name when over a node.
923 * EtherApe turns 1 month old! Thanks everybody for using this
924 software. :-)
926 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.11 (Friday 03-17-2000):
928 * Fixed a segfault in linuxppc
929 * Fixed a minor bug in the protocols legend
930 * Translations to French and Spanish
932 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.10 (Thursday 03-16-2000):
934 * Fixed several memory leaks (it's still leaking, though :-( )
935 * Added font picker to the diagram settings
936 * Size mode menu is now working.
937 * Should compile again in Solaris
939 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.9 (Thursday 03-16-2000):
941 * Fix for bug introduced in 0.2.8. Resetting the refresh rate
942 eventually broght a SIGSEGV.
944 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.8 (Wednesday 03-15-2000):
946 * GUI enhancements suggested by mdf to save screen real state.
947 + Diagram settings is a dialog under the preferences menu
948 + Legend becomes a dockable item
949 + Toolbar, legend and appbar may be hidden using the view menu.
950 * GUI for two more sizing algorithms: log and sqrt. I'm afraid I
951 still don't know how to get the menu item from an option_menu,
952 though. Patch, anyone? :-)
954 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.7 (Monday 03-13-2000):
956 * Node info is now a popup.
957 * Popup window shows Name, IP address and MAC address again.
958 * Name is only FQDN in ip and tcp modes (more readable)
959 * Now links age the moment they are not used.
960 * Added 802.2 and 802.3 to ethernet protocols.
961 * Fix for sigsegv when small link timeouts.
963 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.6 (Saturday 03-11-2000):
965 * Ethernet protocols are recognized and presented in different
967 * Links not in use are slowly faded out (patch by Ted Wright). Use
968 --no-fade to avoid it.
969 * Finally found a way to set the diagram background to black.
971 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.5 (Friday 03-10-2000):
973 * Initial support for color coded protocols display
974 * Click on a link and a get a debug message with the most common
975 ethernet protocol
976 * Released to test for bugs some major changes in the code. Go for
977 0.2.4 if you want some guarantee of a more stable version.
979 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.4 (Thursday 03-09-2000):
981 * Major bug fix.
982 * Added README.bugs with procedures for bug reporting.
984 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.3 (Wednesday 03-08-2000):
986 * Non blocking reverse lookups. I brought dns.c in from mtr to
987 provide this functionality. This code is from Simon Kirby.
988 * Removed now unnecessary -r option.
990 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.2 (Tuesday 03-07-2000):
992 * Added ppp and slip devices support.
993 * Brought back IP address display in ethernet mode when no
994 /etc/ethers is available
995 * Fixed another bug with RedHat 6.1. (I really have to find time to
996 talk to this guy)
998 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.1 (Monday 03-06-2000):
1000 * Added tcp mode. Run with etherape -m tcp
1001 * Added fix from Ted Wright to provide a more readable display in
1002 crowded diagrams. Run with -o. Very useful for tcp.
1003 * Cleaned up sources so that adding other modes should be trivial.
1004 Please have a look at the source.
1006 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.0 (Friday 03-03-2000):
1008 * RedHat 6.1 fix. Works around "featureful" redhat 6.1 libpcap.
1009 * Fixed node-in-the-center bug.
1010 * Timeout=0 means never timeout.
1012 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.9 (Thursday 03-02-2000):
1014 * Finally I'm properly calculating average traffic. (yeah, right :-)
1015 * Node and link timeout work as expected as well.
1016 * Should now compile cleanly in Solaris.
1017 * Interape is a hardlinked to etherape. Runs as interape when called
1018 with that name.
1019 * Minor changes to the naming algorithm.
1021 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.8 (Wednesday 03-01-2000):
1023 * First version of interape. Run as EtherApe -I. I guess I'll have
1024 to change the name to netape now. :-)
1025 * Added node and link timeouts controls.
1027 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.7 (Tuesday 02-29-2000):
1029 * Pcap filtering added. Now you can use tcpdump style filtering
1030 (enclosed in quotes) with the -f option.
1031 * Added libm to autoconf.in for systems with a separate math lib.
1032 * First try at Debian packaging.
1034 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.6 (Monday 02-28-2000):
1036 * Refresh period spin, averaging time spin, and link width sliders
1037 now work. Time to get better than Quake frame rates! :-)
1038 * Node, link and text colours can be set from the command line.
1039 * The rest of the GUI is active, so that it can answer itself
1040 people's favourite question. :-) (Well, Control-Q does actually
1042 * Automated release process so that I can keep bombarding you with
1045 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.5 (Sunday 02-27-2000):
1047 * More for readability: Click on a node and a pop-up window appears
1048 with all node data.
1049 * You can change the network interface to listen to in the command
1051 * Fixed a bug in the dotted quad ip number display
1052 * Compiles without warnings
1053 * Updated README
1055 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.4 (Sunday 02-27-2000):
1057 * Now parses command line arguments:
1058 etherape options
1059 -n, --numeric don't convert addresses to names
1060 -r, --with-dns-resolving use IP name resolving. Caution! Long
1062 -d, --diagram-only don't display any node text identification
1063 * The resolver is turned off by default since it can potentially
1064 freeze your display for too long
1065 * digram-only makes for a clearer display. It's intended to be
1066 practical whenever I have per-node pop-up windows ready.
1068 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.3 (Saturday 02-26-2000):
1070 * Links with no traffic disappear with time. Makes diagram more
1072 * IP host name displayed if no ether name available
1073 * Oops! Was confusing ether dst and src addresses. Solved.
1074 * Web page now has a much more interesting screenshot thanks to Nico
1076 * Buttons are in English now.
1077 * (This file I had to get out from download because it had the
1078 dangerous DNS behaviour by default. You see? That's what happens
1079 when you are rushed by deadlines! :-) )
1081 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.2 (Saturday 02-26-2000):
1083 * James Wallace provided code to automatically detect proper network
1084 interface. It now compiles in NetBSD.
1085 * IP number displayed if no /etc/ethers is available. IP host name
1086 will be there in the Saturday Night edition. :-)
1088 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.1 (Friday 02-25-2000):
1090 * First look at GUI side of things
1091 * Now you can dynamically reset the node radius using a slider
1092 * First users reports! Thanks R., Don!
1093 * First improvements due to user feedback:
1094 + Solved configuration problem for some people
1095 + Improved web page and README: reference to /etc/ethers
1097 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.0 (Friday 02-25-2000):
1099 * Diagram resizes with window
1100 * Basic functionality is all there now, and calls for a minor
1101 version upgrade. :-)
1103 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.8 (Thursday 02-24-2000):
1105 * Correctly (I hope) calculates average traffic intensity for nodes
1106 and links. The proper constant multiplier should be user defined.
1108 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.7 (Thursday 02-24-2000):
1110 * First version showing links among nodes
1111 * Aborts gracefully if run by non-root.
1112 * http://etherape.sourceforge.net has a screenshot.
1113 * Expect proper node size and link width calculation in 0.0.8
1115 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.6 (Wednesday 02-23-2000):
1117 * Copied proper libpcap autoconfigure detection function from
1119 * Added Ethernet address resolution functions from ethereal
1121 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.5 (Wednesday 02-23-2000):
1123 * Now uses gnome_canvas to display the diagram
1125 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.4 (Monday 02-21-2000):
1127 * Node size is now an average of the last ten seconds traffic.
1128 * Proper distribution file.
1130 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.3 (Sunday 02-20-2000):
1132 * Added gnome support.
1133 * Substituted hash table for binary tree to store nodes
1134 * Correctly display hardware addresses.
1136 Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.2 (Saturday 02-19-2000):
1138 * Displays circles representing nodes and text which will identify
1139 it eventually.
1141 Overview of EtherApe 0.0.1 (Friday 02-18-2000):
1143 * Initial version. Don't even expect it to run.
1152 1. file://localhost/opt/svil/etherape/etherape/html/juan_degree.html
1153 2. http://sourceforge.net/