Wireshark-dev: [Wireshark-dev] Fastest and the Legal way to distribute Custom Dissectors
From: "Makharia, Shivesh" <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:00:19 -0400
I am trying to understand my options here:
I have written a few custom dissectors for protocols which are currently not supported in Wireshark. I understand my options are:
Modify existing Wireshark sources for the new dissectors
Write a plugin for my dissectors
I wanted to know how and what is the best way my dissectors can be made available to customers of our company. I am fine with giving the sources of the dissectors to my customers.
I want to allow customers of our company to be able to decode VSNCP, VSNP protocols specific to CDMA community. I want to release my custom dissectors ASAP. Which is the "correct" and the fastest way to get this done.
I think these are the 3 choices I have:
1) I plan to modify Wireshark sources, make a custom Wireshark installation for our customers and ask them to use the "new" Wireshark. I have no problems giving them the sources of my changes made
2) Make a dll for a particular release of Wireshark and ask our customers to install the .dll. Again I can release the sources with the dll to my customers
3) Contribute the sources to the official Wireshark community. I however assume that this may be a longer and time consuming process where I have will have to conform to the semantics of submitting a patch, getting my patches reviewed and approved and then hopefully included in some later versions of Wireshark.
Can someone point me out which is the the quickest and ofcourse the legal way to do this?
Thanks a lot!

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