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This chapter will provide you with information about the various tools needed for Wireshark development. None of the tools mentioned in this chapter are needed to run Wireshark. They are only needed to build it.
Most of these tools have their roots on UNIX or UNIX-like platforms such as Linux, but Windows ports are also available. Therefore the tools are available in different "flavours":
|Follow the directions|
Unless you know exactly what you are doing, you should strictly follow the recommendations given in Chapter 2, Quick Setup.
The following sections give a very brief description of what a particular tool is doing, how it is used in the Wireshark project and how it can be installed and tested.
Documentation for these tools is outside the scope of this document. If you need
further information on using a specific tool you should find lots of useful
information on the web, as these tools are commonly used. You can also get help
for the UNIX based tools with
toolname --help or the man page via
You will find explanations of the tool usage for some of the specific development tasks in Chapter 3, Work with the Wireshark sources.