Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Protocol Parser Compiler
From: Guy Harris <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 03:48:09 -0700
Graham Bloice wrote:
Might be interesting for some:

binpac: A yacc for Writing Application Protocol Parsers
Sebastien Tandel mentioned that back in May - I didn't get around to 
replying back then; thanks for reminding me of this and getting me to 
reply.  Apologies to Sebastien for not replying then....
Yes, something such as this would, I suspect, be a Very Good Thing. 
It'd be interesting to see how many handwritten dissectors could be 
replaced by dissectors written in binpac - and whether we could do an 
interpreted version of binpac, so that users could write dissectors 
without having to build them as plugins.  (I'd also be curious whether 
such an interpreter could be small enough to fit in an L2 cache, or even 
an L1 cache, and, if so, whether that would reduce the code cache 
footprint enough to make it a performance win.)
It would make it easier to write dissectors - and easier to write safe 
dissectors.  It might also mean that the generated code could 
automatically handle the "just construct the summary line" vs. "build 
the protocol tree" decision (and also make sure expert information is 
added regardless of whether a protocol tree is being built or not.