Simple method to capture HTTP input

Corey Edwards tensai at
Wed Jan 18 11:00:37 MST 2006

On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 10:55 -0700, Al Byers wrote:
> I would like to  grab the raw http input stream content coming into my 
> server from various requests. Is there an easy way to do this? I would 
> like to avoid socket programming if I can. The server is running ubuntu 
> (breezy). I am comfortable with java and perl. I am generating the 
> requests, so I can direct them to any port.

I would use tcpdump.

        # tcpdump -s 1500 -w port-80.dump -Unp port 80

I like to then wade through it using ethereal. Generally I don't use
ethereal for the capture since I'm often working on a remote server, but
can do live captures as well.


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