Wireshark-dev: [Wireshark-dev] Possible Enhancement

From: Harry J Moyes <harry.moyes@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 18:27:12 +0100
I sometimes have cause to send captures, or fragments of captures to 
others for discussion. The ubiquity of Wireshark/Ethereal is a real boon 
here, as is the standard pcap format. However I often wish to annotate the 
captures, to highlight an issue, or indicate what external events 
correspond to what in the trace, or even simply to explain some point 
about the trace to successors reading it.

Suggestion. Is it feasible to create an "annotation" pseudo protocol and 
supporting functionality in Wireshark, such that such comments could be 
added to the capture, saved with the capture as if part of the trace, and 
be available to Wireshark or other tools on subsequent opening of the 
capture file? Or does something of this nature already exist, and I've 
missed it?

I'll happily add a wiki entry for the suggestion the list considers it to 
have some merit. I understand that it implies registering the pseudo 
protocol with pcap. 
And I realise there may be some reluctance to adding effusively a simple 
text editor to Wireshark. Could this functionality call out to an external 
editor perhaps?

Cheers Harry Moyes