Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Patch for Bug771, link layer header type selection
From: Guy Harris <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 12:06:58 -0800
[email protected] wrote:

Here is a patch for Bug 771 (repost).
It solves the problem of datalink header selection, when the interface has
more than one.
And now, when we reopen the dialog window, the datalink submenu is restored
to the last used value.
It appears that the last used value is global; should it be global, or 
should it be per-adapter?
In addition, should it be saved in the "recent" file, so that it 
persists across Wireshark sessions?
Or, at least if it's per-adapter, should it be saved in, for example, a 
per-host "recent" file, so that if you have a home directory on a file 
server, which you use with multiple machines, the last used value for 
"en0" or "eth0" or... on one machine is used on that machine but not on 
other machines?
During the writting of the patch, I discovered that dumpcap can be launched
with the interface name only, if no action is performed to select the
link-layer type.
lt-dumpcap -i eth0 -Z
instead of
lt-dumpcap -i eth0 -y EN10MB -Z
tcpdump can be run without a "-y" flag, either; it uses the default 
link-layer type.  The same is true of tshark, and the only difference in 
Wireshark is that, with your change, the default link-layer type is the 
one that was last used within the session if you've already done one 
I.e., dumpcap's behavior isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Speaking of defaults, for 802.11 adapters, the default should probably be the 802.11 header, if available - or, if 802.11 and 802.11+radio is available, the radio header should perhaps be selected, if libpcap can handle it (not all versions of libpcap work with radio headers).