Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Undissected reserved fields
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:32:07 -0500
To me this is a granularity/filter issue.  For dissectors that I don't personally use (but want to increase filterability), I try to put as many reserved bytes into a single hf_ field, mostly out of laziness (for those that care more about the protocol to clean up/decide granularity).  But it does give other users of the dissector a chance to find them with "myprotocol.reserved".  Is that better than "myprotocol && _ws.reserved"? not sure.  For dissectors I personally use, I still usually don't create an individual reserved field for each place one could be, so if I want to find "all" I don't have a really long filter.
 
You also want consistency so that all protocols use the same convention, so we don't end up with "myprotocol.reserved" for some cases and requiring "myotherprotocol &&  _ws.reserved" in others.  Since we're already far down the "myprotocol.reserved" road now, I'd prefer to stay there rather than update all of the current reserved fields.
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Evan Huus <[email protected]>
To: Developer support list for Wireshark <[email protected]>
Sent: Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:55 pm
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Undissected reserved fields

Should Wireshark have an internal _ws.reserved FT_BYTES field and
a
proto_tree_add_reserved(tvb, offset, len) API?

On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at
2:36 PM, Jeff Morriss <[email protected]> wrote:
> +1
>
> On 02/27/15
14:04, [email protected] wrote:
>>
>> What I've done is usually setup a
FT_UINT32 and/or a FT_BYTES (with
>> different abbreviations) and that's
usually inclusive enough (maybe if
>> I'm feeling generous setup a FT_UINT8
though FT_UINT32).  If dissectors
>> only have FT_UINT8 "reserved" fields, then
I just add that.  But I
>> rarely look to give each reserved field a unique
name.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Graham Bloice
<[email protected]>
>> To: Developer support list for Wireshark
<[email protected]>
>> Sent: Fri, Feb 27, 2015 1:43 pm
>> Subject:
Re: [Wireshark-dev] Undissected reserved fields
>>
>> How do we handle the
case where a protocol has many reserved fields, do
>> they each need an hf and
a name?
>
>
>
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