Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Does libwsutil need to be its own library?
From: Jeff Morriss <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 09:29:30 -0500
Guy Harris wrote:
On Dec 3, 2010, at 5:01 PM, Stephen Fisher wrote:

I was just curious.  I rarely install Wireshark on machines I do
development on (I run it from the build directory), so when I installed
it for a change that the little ~22k libwsutil.so.0 was installed :).  I
was thinking of it from more of a "do any non-Wireshark programs really
need the wsutil shared library out there?" perspective compared to
libwireshark that I know other programs utilize and libwiretap that is
possibly used by other programs as well.  Thanks.
I think any non-Wireshark programs that link with either libwireshark or 
libwiretap also, in effect, link with libwsutil, as they have to, given 
that, as I remember, both libwireshark and libwiretap call routines in 
libwsutil.  (They might not *explicitly* link with libwsutil, as I think 
most if not all UN*Xes support linking shared libraries with other 
shared libraries, and if our libwireshark and libwiretap are blinked 
with libwsutil, linking with libwireshark or libwiretap is sufficient to 
cause libwsutil to be linked in at startup time, but they still *depend* 
on libwsutil.)
I tried linking libwireshark and libwiretap against libwsutil (in rev 
26218) so the executables wouldn't to, but it didn't work, at least on 
Ubuntu 8.04:
https://bugs.wireshark.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=1677#c23