Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Add additional SNMP MIBs to the Wireshark distribution?
From: "Luis EG Ontanon" <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 00:44:35 +0200
Does libsmi it load these MIBs anyway?

It is OK 4 me if libsmi it rants... I think it has to. It's not OK if
it fails to load them.





On 8/18/07, Wes Hardaker <[email protected]> wrote:
> >>>>> "AH" == Andrew Hood <[email protected]> writes:
>
> AH> libsmi's parser is MUCH more picky than net-snmp's parser.
>
> Mostly, FYI:
>
> Yep.  By design.  Libsmi is designed to be a strict parser enforcing the
> rules of the SMI against the MIBs.  This is seen as a benefit since it
> forces MIB authors to fix problems (and the IETF actually requires new
> MIBs published in standard documents to be checked with libsmi's the
> excellent smilint tool).
>
> Net-SNMP's parser, on the other hand, has taken the roll of trying to be
> helpful to the user whenever possible and accept MIBs that although not
> strictly legally correct could still interpreted and thus are loadable
> and usable.  (it's highly unlikely that most end-users will know how to
> edit SMI documents to fix problems, after all).
>
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