Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] [Wireshark-commits] rev 52650: /trunk/ /trunk/epan/dfilter/:
From: Bill Meier <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:10:31 -0400
On 10/18/2013 4:13 AM, Anders Broman wrote:

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Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] [Wireshark-commits] rev 52650: /trunk/ /trunk/epan/dfilter/: sttype-function.c /trunk/: capture-pcap-util.c capture_ifinfo.c color_filters.c

On Oct 17, 2013, at 5:16 PM, Gerald Combs <[email protected]> wrote:

On 10/16/13 1:02 PM, [email protected] wrote:

User: etxrab
Date: 2013/10/16 08:02 PM

Prepend to lists rather than append as that's more efficient.

Directory: /trunk/epan/dfilter/
  Changes    Path                 Action
  +2 -1      sttype-function.c    Modified

Directory: /trunk/
  Changes    Path                   Action
  +2 -2      capture-pcap-util.c    Modified
  +7 -7      capture_ifinfo.c       Modified
  +3 -3      color_filters.c        Modified
This is causing some weird behavior in places. For example the default
link-layer header type for Ethernet interfaces is now DOCSIS.

And, given that the typical list of link-layer header types has one entry in it, and the typical entries have between 2 (Ethernet and DOCSIS) and 3 or 4 (for >802.11 with various radio headers, in monitor mode) the performance difference is probably negligible.

I'd say that *all* lists presented to users should be presented in the same order as the data list used to generate the list shown to the user - and if those >lists are long enough that the difference between prepending and appending makes a performance difference, that might get lost in the time it takes to >show that huge list on the screen, complete with a scrollbar to let the user see all the entries....
I'll revert the patches as soon as I can, if no one beats me to it.

Done in SVN #52671