Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Structures change in versions
From: Evan Huus <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:26:33 -0400
As far as I know we do attempt to freeze the API for minor versions; I
believe we even have a build script that is supposed to catch such
breakages and report them. I wonder why it did not catch this one?


On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Eshed Shaham <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently found out that the frame_data structure had a minor change in the
> 1.8 branch between 1.8.8 and 1.8.9:
> https://code.wireshark.org/review/gitweb?p=wireshark.git;a=blobdiff;f=epan/frame_data.h;h=5ab320541760d412a11ad23422e29b8b8e88635e;hp=dc4f177a34f5a1cd00c2d754f63440301db42f09;hb=0a28fb8f6a354aa9a446b6bf70733c305534e074;hpb=27b5d556cb53bee24e20a9bb5862189ee2e55a61
> Unfortunately, this minor change broke my plugin's (pyreshark) interfacing
> with Wireshark, with a fix requiring either having two versions for the 1.8
> branch (I currently provide a single version of the plugin for every minor
> version (1.8, 1.10) of Wireshark) or adding some ugly hack to determine the
> version during runtime.
> While I can't say it's critical, as I only discovered this change nearly a
> year after it was introduced, I do see merit in freezing the API in minor
> versions, to keep plugin versions at a minimum.
> I apologise if the above seems accusative, I'm not a native English speaker,
> so my words might have conveyed the wrong message. My intention was to bring
> this issue to your attention with the hope that in the future you'll take it
> into consideration during future development.
> Thanks for all your hard work!
> Eshed
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