Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Some questions about licensing/core
From: Martin Mathieson <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:39:22 +0000

You could consider adding a dissector preference that controlled how much detail should be displayed,
with a sensible default setting.


On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 2:30 PM, Teto <[email protected]> wrote:
Thanks for that answer. I will propose a patch to add energywise
dissection into the core when ready.

I was wondering what was the wireshark-way to add debug info only when
needed. Right now my dissector displays a lot of info, which might be
indigest in the end. But I wish I could display those infos when
debugging (even if that means recompiling).


On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Jaap Keuter <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hi,
> Congratulations with your first dissector.
> Now indeed it's time to look into what you can do with it. As you correctly noticed
> Wireshark is GPL licensed. That means that software that uses an API in this software
> falls under this license. That means (in short) that source code has to be provided
> for the object code which is distributed. Dissectors (plugins or not) use the Wireshark
> APIs, so are subject to the GPL.
> For the second part is good to know that a plugin dissector is nothing more than a
> dissector with a well defined plugin interface. Strip away this interface and you'll
> end up with a bare dissector, which can easily integrate into the core. README.developer
> should point you in the right direction.
> The preference for build in dissectors comes from the fact that it makes life for the
> core developers easier. If you want to keep the dissector for yourself, then by all
> means keep it as plugin. If you want to contribute it to the general repository you
> may get the request to convert it.
> Thanks,
> Jaap
> On Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:12:19 +0100, Teto wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> After having asked many questions on that mailing-list, I finally
>> succeeded in programming my plugin (still a lot to do but yet it works
>> as it is now) and starts wondering about licensing. Wireshark is GPL.
>> From what I understand it means that any work based on wireshark must
>> be GPL (if you want to redistribute it and contrary to FreeBSD for
>> example). Just to make sure, does that include plugins as well ?
>> I remember having read that plugins would best go into the core. Is
>> that a lot of work translating a plugin into the core ? I mean right
>> now a plugin is enough for me but if it's best and easy to make it
>> native, I can do it.
>> Once more, thanks for your reactivity over the past 2 months.
>> Matt
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