6. Debugging

6.1. Interactive rule

Haka provides a way to write rule interactively using Lua. To do this, you can use a predefined function haka.interactive_rule.

For instance:

    hooks = { 'ipv4-up' },
    eval = haka.interactive_rule

As a result, every time this rule will be evaluated, a prompt will allow to enter commands. The current dissector data are available in the variable input. You can use the TAB key to get completion. This can be very useful to discover the available functions and fields.

When you are done, you can let Haka continue its execution by hitting CTRL-D.


As the edition will add a lot of delay, it is best to use the interactive rule on pcap files. Otherwise, you can run into problems with tcp for instance.

6.2. Debugger

If you need to inspect an existing configuration, you can use the debugger. You need to activate the debugger first. This can be done by starting Haka with the option --luadebug.

This line will start the debugger and break immediately. A prompt will allow you to inspect variables, up-values, expressions... You can also set breakpoints and execute your code line by line. To get the list of all available commands, simply type help.