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TCP tools.

  • From: Forrest W. Christian
  • Date: Fri Jul 16 05:47:31 1999

I really can't think of a better place to ask this, so If anyone has any
ideas of a place better suited please let me know (no flames please).

I'm looking for a (free or quite inexpensive) tool to help diagnose some
bizzare TCP problems we're having with some TCP flows stalling exactly 32k
into the transfer.  This isn't the same file and it's almost exacly 32k
each time... but I digress.

Is there a tool out there that can sniff a TCP flow and do some basic
analysis such as missed acks, duplicate packets, Window Sizes, etc. etc. 
Mainly, I'm looking at something which can compare what it sees with some
semblance of a normal flow and pick out "errors".  Other tools to track
down stalls would be helpful also.  No, I'm not looking for ping tools or
flood tools, etc., but instead something which can help me determine why
this particular TCP implementation is stalling consistently in serveral
different environments so I can go yell at the vendor.

I realize that most if not all packet sniffers will provide the
information neccessary to do this analysis by hand,  but picking apart
multiple flows bit by bit can be tedious and error prone, and not
something I particularly want to do if there is an easier way.

Thanks for all pointers.

- Forrest W. Christian (forrestc@imach.com) KD7EHZ
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