Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] U3 and PortableApps installers
From: "Graeme Lunt" <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 16:53:09 +0100
Chris, 

> I was just checking on http://www.u3.com and http://portableapps.com 
> to see what new applications might be available there and noticed that the
> respective Wireshark packages are not available from either site.  I
> know they're available from the Wireshark site (linked to sourceforge),
> but maybe it would also be convenient to have them available at those
> sites as well, or at least linked to sourceforge?

Let me give you an update as to where I think we are.

U3:
===
In order to get on the U3 site, WiresharkPortable needs to go through a
certification
process with the U3 guys:
http://www.u3.com/developers/technical/certification.aspx

Now they provide a very nice self-test utility which WiresharkPortable
passes.

However, there is still [at least] one issue I know of with the
WiresharkPortable which would 
be shown up by their third-party testing. 

[This known issue is that Wireshark[Portable] will crash if you eject the U3
device when 
Wireshark still running and has a dialog up (it behaves correctly if there
is no dialog up).
I haven't been able to determine the problem - there is no U3-specific code
here (a separate 
application just sends a WM_CLOSE to each Wireshark window).]

Now the U3 guys will only test a U3 application for free twice (this is a
commercial outfit after all), 
so I/we really need to fix this outstanding issue before making a
submission.
And on the same basis, it is probably worth waiting for a "major" release -
e.g. 1.0.

We would still be limited to two submissions - so the Wireshark version on
u3.com website 
would be quickly out of date. We could do really use a "check for updates"
feature! :-)

However, I think it is worth trying once.

PortableApps:
=============
I'd missed that this package was now available on the download page, and not
even marked as experimental!

Given that people seem to be happy with it, I'll post a message to the
beta-testing forum 
(http://portableapps.com/forums/development/beta_testing) to let the
PortableApps testers loose on it.
After we have been through that process, we should be able to get it on the
PortableApps site.

Graeme