Reading packets from a tun device.

Noah noah at
Sun Jul 13 15:27:02 CEST 2003

Andre <andre at> wrote in message news:<mailman.1058041398.21541.python-list at>...
> I'm trying to read packets from a tun device in Python, the code I used 
> for this is the following:
> f = file( '/dev/tun0', 'r+' )
> pkt = 1500 )
> The problem is that the call doesn't return. When I used a small 
> value in the call instead of the 1500, like 1 or 5, it did 
> return the first bytes of the packet.
> I then went to the manuals and found that file() uses stdio's fopen, so I 
> changed my code to make file() not do any buffering, like this:
> f = file( '/dev/tun0', 'r+', 0 )
> pkt = 1500 )
> But the behavior of the program is the same as the one above.
> What I'm looking for is a way to open a file in Python without using 
> stdio, or a way to read from a tun device using it.

I'm not sure if this problem is due to buffering on your client side, but 
you can open plain file descriptors in Python. The buffering could also
be on the server side of the tun device. What is connected to the other
side of the tun? Is that code that you wrote too? If so then send a copy
of that and I can understand better what is going on.

The 'os' package supports raw file descriptor file IO which is below stdio.

import os
fd_tun = ('/dev/tun0', os.O_RDWR)
data = (fd_tun, 1500)
os.close (fd_tun)

Let me know how this goes.


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