Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Fileshark (AKA Dissecting Files with Wireshark)
From: Michal Labedzki <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:04:20 +0200

On 21 June 2013 19:54, Gilbert Ramirez <[email protected]> wrote:

One thing that comes to mind about how a FileShark GUI should be different from a WireShark GUI is the amount of data that should / can be shown.

In my job, I often analyze ELF files. Very big ELF files. One thing I'd like to do in FileShark is to read them, look at the various headers, but not have it show me all the data in each ELF section by default. Because, they are huge, and I don't need a hexdump of megabytes of data I don't care about.

maybe it's just a matter of not using the "data" dissector.... but then again, I wouldn't want the hexdump pane to have to show gigabytes of raw data.
Ok, so you need to change UI Pane Layout only (Packet Bytes set to None). But for me File/Packet Bytes is very useful (Packet List is not useful... it can be close too.
On 21 June 2013 19:56, Guy Harris <[email protected]> wrote:

Whether, in Fileshark, the contents of packet records should be dissected as packets is a good point for discussion.

Or maybe another way: Add possibility to "filter" Packet Details pane to the Wireshark. This will be useful for network protocols too, because protocols can have huge Packet Details pane (for example there is item list, like WLAN tags; feature bitmask list etc.). I think on something like find system in Kate editor, Firefox (CTRL+F) and KDE Dolphin CTRL+I file filtering (for me everything what I need is highlight searched item)

On 21 June 2013 19:56, Guy Harris <[email protected]> wrote:

> 3. What about files like *.pcap, *.pcapng, btsnoop, etc.? In Wireshark will be easy to firstly dissect it by file dissector

Possibly, possibly not.  If a file dissector can do *everything* that a libwiretap module can (including supporting random access), and not show the user the details of how packets happen to be represented in this particular file format (which isn't interesting to somebody looking at network traffic), then yes, otherwise no.

I guess interesting option can be:
1. Dissect on demand (button "Dissect payload" (like "Dissect File"))
2. File -> "Open as" - because we can open for example PCAP file in two ways: File or Packet. This can be Holy Grail for somebody who have problem opening with heuristics protocols (like mp2t)

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