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hpr1350 :: The Origin of ONICS (My Intro)

The Open Network Inspection Command Suite (ONICS)

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Hosted by Gabriel Evenfire on 2013-10-04 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:52:17


This show is about the Open Network Inspection Command Suite (ONICS). It is a project I have been working on at home for a couple of years now. The idea is to create a set of command line tools that work like cat, sed, awk, grep, etc but for network packets instead of lines of text. This podcast is actually less about the tools and more about the process that I went through to build it. So its more a tale of the project that was never done than an explanation of how to use the tools.

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Quick Start Guide for Building ONICS

  • git clone git:// catlib
  • git clone git:// onics
  • cd catlib/src
  • make
  • cd ../../onics
  • make
  • sudo make install # (optional)

The microphone I ended up jury rigging to record this:

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Comment #1 posted on 2013-10-21 11:54:03 by pokey

Excellent show.

I loved this episode. I don't know much about coding, but I love that you documented all the different steps that you took in building your project. I imagine that ONICS has the potential to be a very powerful tool for networking and security experts.

I love that you gave us all the opportunity to experience this project at it's inception. So many of the tools that we use and admire have great stories behind them, and I've wondered what it would have been like to be there at the beginning. Would we have been able to contribute feedback or suggestions or even just encouragement? Would we have recognized their importance without the benefit of hindsight? I think I know the answer now.

Thank you, Gabriel, for taking the time to share ONICS with us, and for making an episode of HPR about it. It was a delight to listen to.

Comment #2 posted on 2013-10-24 05:48:19 by Gabriel Evenfire


Well, thank you for the encouragement and support. It does make a difference. In any case, I'm glad that the podcast was worth listening to. Now that I've done a "first" show, subsequent ones should be less of mental hurdle.

Comment #3 posted on 2013-10-30 14:21:16 by gerryk


Hi Gabriel... thanks for an awesome show, and an amazing set of tools. I have cloned the repo's, and am just trying to find the time to have a play.

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