Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Current Lua test failures on the buildbot
From: João Valverde <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 17:58:40 +0100

On 08/07/2016 05:23 PM, Hadriel Kaplan wrote:
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From: João Valverde <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Current Lua test failures on the buildbot
To: Developer support list for Wireshark <[email protected]>

Seriously, what's the point of this craziness when this works fine:

$ luarocks install lrexlib-pcre-2.8.0-1.src.rock
$ cat wslua-pcre.lua
rex = require("rex_pcre")
print(rex.version())
$ tshark -r test/captures/empty.pcap -X lua_script:wslua-pcre.lua
8.39 2016-06-14

Digging around a bit I see that Hadriel didn't want to complicate the build process with a libpcre dependency (!) so he ended up writing a whole new lrexlib binding (!!!).

I propose we write our own regular expression engine instead so we don't have to worry about pesky complications such as having a build dependency on GRegex. :-D

At the time, wireshark didn't directly include PCRE as a third party library, and for some reason I assumed doing so would be a big deal. It seemed like folks didn't want to add more libraries to the dependencies list. So... I figured using the one exposed in Glib, which was already being used for display filters, would be less hassle overall - more hassle for me, less for others.

The lrexlib portion was just direct source so didn't add build dependencies, and I did offer the Glib-regex binding code back upstream to the lrexlib folks. They didn't want it since they were only really handling bug fixes by then, not growing it. (and a Glib-regex binding would be odd anyway, since most people wouldn't care about just using PCRE directly)

But if folks prefer to add a dependency for PCRE and lrexlib to Wireshark, then sure I could get rid of the Glib one and expose the lrexlib one into Wireshark's lua engine instead.
Does this even require adding a PCRE build dependency to wireshark? I 
mean isn't lrexlib a runtime dependency for wslua? For example for 
Debian I think it's as simple as "apt-get install lua-rex-pcre". Maybe 
I'm misunderstanding, thanks for your help. :-)


-hadriel

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