Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Announcing: A Wireshark Dissector Generator
From: "Kennedy, Smith (Wireless & Standards Architect)" <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 16:23:38 +0000
Hi Richard,

Your project sounds interesting, but I get a 404 when I visit the link you listed below. I've never done anything with "GitLab" - do you have to make it "public"? It doesn't show up on your personal page either.


> On Aug 6, 2018, at 8:54 AM, Richard Sharpe <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Since about last November I have been developing a Wireshark Dissector
> Generator.
> Since it is now at the point where it generates code that builds and
> runs, I thought I would make it available for anyone who is interested
> in looking at it.
> My test example is based on the IEEE1905 specification. The dissector
> generator takes a protocol description that looks like a set of data
> structure definitions and generates a complete Wireshark dissector in
> C.
> The test example consists of about 252 lines of definition, and the
> generator currently generates around 1044 lines of C which builds and
> runs. Writing such a protocol description is much easier than the
> learning curve required to actually manually write the 1044-line
> dissector.
> Attached is a screen shot showing the result. It is annotated with
> some issues I think need rectifying, but I am going to take a break
> from this for a while.
> Anyone who is interested is welcome to try it out and send me
> suggestions or patches.
> Currently, it is not for the faint-of-heart. You need Antlr4 and a
> Java environment as well as a Wireshark development environment.
> In the future I expect to:
> 1. Remove the need for Antlr4 by shipping the generated Parser as jar
> files or something.
> 2. Tidy up and refactor the code so that different generator backends
> can be used, including a LUA back-end to make it much easier when
> developing dissectors.
> 3. Add in the handling of exceptions.
> 4. Maybe create other backends. (Once you have a protocol description
> it can be used for other things.
> The code can be found at:
> https://gitlab.com/realrichardsharpe/dissector_generator
> -- 
> Regards,
> Richard Sharpe
> (何以解憂?唯有杜康。--曹操)(传说杜康是酒的发明者)
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