Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Idea for faster dissection on second pas
From: Evan Huus <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:37:21 -0400
On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM, Anders Broman
<[email protected]> wrote:
> Not really as the RTP dissector is weak and defaulted off and I'm only interested in performance improvements at this point.
> But it brings up a question; some of the heuristic  dissectors are for "unusual" protocols and not perfect and some of the "port" dissectors
> Are registered in the epithermal port range (I think) should we default those to off?

OK, so I think we have two different concerns here. On one hand we
want to try to dissect as much as possible, which implies adding lots
of registrations and heuristics. On the other hand we want to dissect
as fast as possible, which means removing unnecessary registrations
and heuristics. I guess we have to strike a balance, though I'm not
sure what that balance should be.

I'm *assuming* that the actual thing you're trying to speed up is
filtering - that is the most common cause of re-dissection that I'm
aware of. Just loading the file only does one pass, so second-pass
improvements won't actually help on the initial load. In this case,
there might be ways to speed up filtering by caching things in order
to completely skip dissection for some packets. I'll have to think on

If you're trying to speed up something other than filtering, it would
help to know what that was :)