10.3. Example of Listener written in Lua

-- This program will register a menu that will open a window with a count of occurrences
-- of every address in the capture

local function menuable_tap()
	-- Declare the window we will use
	local tw = TextWindow.new("Address Counter")

	-- This will contain a hash of counters of appearances of a certain address
	local ips = {}

	-- this is our tap
	local tap = Listener.new();

	local function remove()
		-- this way we remove the listener that otherwise will remain running indefinitely
		tap:remove();
	end

	-- we tell the window to call the remove() function when closed
	tw:set_atclose(remove)

	-- this function will be called once for each packet
	function tap.packet(pinfo,tvb)
		local src = ips[tostring(pinfo.src)] or 0
		local dst = ips[tostring(pinfo.dst)] or 0

		ips[tostring(pinfo.src)] = src + 1
		ips[tostring(pinfo.dst)] = dst + 1
	end

	-- this function will be called once every few seconds to update our window
	function tap.draw(t)
		tw:clear()
		for ip,num in pairs(ips) do
			tw:append(ip .. "\t" .. num .. "\n");
		end
	end

	-- this function will be called whenever a reset is needed
	-- e.g. when reloading the capture file
	function tap.reset()
		tw:clear()
		ips = {}
	end

	-- Ensure that all existing packets are processed.
	retap_packets()
end

-- using this function we register our function
-- to be called when the user selects the Tools->Test->Packets menu
register_menu("Test/Packets", menuable_tap, MENU_TOOLS_UNSORTED)