Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Enable extcap by default or not
From: Graham Bloice <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:16:13 +0100

On 9 September 2016 at 06:42, Roland Knall <[email protected]> wrote:
Hello List

There is currently a discussion going on in https://code.wireshark.org/review/#/c/17498 in regard to enabling extcap features by default or not.

There are basically two sides to the argument:

Cons - extcap interfaces are advanced features, which will not be used by a majority of users. As more and more of those interfaces emerge, it clutters up the list. Therefore disabling them by default and enabling them when needed is ok. 

Pros - There are users out there, who use Wireshark solely together with extcap interfaces. Lots of those users are not very familiar with Wireshark in general. extcap was intended to bring capture device support to Wireshark where otherwise it would not be present or very complicated to do so. For those users to enable the support before using it seems like an unnecessary hassle.

I just wanted to get the meaning of the list, on how we should proceed here, and if three are other arguments for or against enabling extcap by default.

To clarify, I am a Pro guy as I fear 3rd party users will not understand this and this will lead to support cases which will generate the opinion "Wireshark is overly complicated, let's use something else".

I vote for disable by default, I feel that the extcap interfaces are superfluous and confusing to most of the users I support as they are for "niche" purposes.

I don't follow the argument that a user actually needing an extcap interface for their "niche" purpose will find enabling it at all difficult.  If this is felt to be an issue, why not add a top-level menu for extcaps to make their control easier?

Graham Bloice