Part I. Wireshark Build Environment

Wireshark Build Environment

The first part describes how to set up the tools, libraries and source needed to generate Wireshark and how to do some typical development tasks.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Introduction
1.2. What is Wireshark?
1.3. Supported Platforms
1.3.1. Unix
1.3.2. Linux
1.3.3. Microsoft Windows
1.4. Development and maintenance of Wireshark
1.4.1. Programming languages used
1.4.2. Open Source Software
1.5. Releases and distributions
1.5.1. Binary distributions
1.5.2. Source code distributions
1.6. Automated Builds (Buildbot)
1.6.1. Advantages
1.6.2. What does the Buildbot do?
1.7. Reporting problems and getting help
1.7.1. Website
1.7.2. Wiki
1.7.3. FAQ
1.7.4. Other sources
1.7.5. Mailing Lists
1.7.6. Bug database (Bugzilla)
1.7.7. Q&A Site
1.7.8. Reporting Problems
1.7.9. Reporting Crashes on UNIX/Linux platforms
1.7.10. Reporting Crashes on Windows platforms
2. Quick Setup
2.1. UNIX: Installation
2.2. Win32/64: Step-by-Step Guide
2.2.1. Install Microsoft C compiler and SDK
2.2.2. Install Cygwin
2.2.3. Install Python
2.2.4. Install Git
2.2.5. Install and Prepare Sources
2.2.6. Prepare cmd.exe
2.2.7. Verify installed tools
2.2.8. Install Libraries
2.2.9. Distclean Sources
2.2.10. Build Wireshark
2.2.11. Debug Environment Setup
2.2.12. Optional: Create User’s and Developer’s Guide
2.2.13. Optional: Create a Wireshark Installer
3. Work with the Wireshark sources
3.1. Introduction
3.2. The Wireshark Git repository
3.2.1. The web interface to the Git repository
3.3. Obtain the Wireshark sources
3.3.1. Git over SSH or HTTPS
3.3.2. Git web interface
3.3.3. Buildbot Snapshots
3.3.4. Released sources
3.4. Update the Wireshark sources
3.4.1. Update Using Git
3.4.2. Update Using Source Archives
3.5. Build Wireshark
3.5.1. Building on Unix
3.5.2. Win32 native
3.6. Run generated Wireshark
3.6.1. Unix/Linux
3.6.2. Win32 native
3.7. Debug your generated Wireshark
3.7.1. Unix/Linux
3.7.2. Win32 native
3.8. Make changes to the Wireshark sources
3.9. Contribute your changes
3.9.1. Some tips for a good patch
3.9.2. Code Requirements
3.9.3. Uploading your changes
3.9.4. Backporting a change
3.10. Apply a patch from someone else
3.10.1. Using patch
3.11. Binary packaging
3.11.1. Debian: .deb packages
3.11.2. Red Hat: .rpm packages
3.11.3. MAC OS X: .dmg packages
3.11.4. Win32: NSIS .exe installer
4. Tool Reference
4.1. Introduction
4.2. Win32: Cygwin
4.2.1. Add/Update/Remove Cygwin Packages
4.3. GNU compiler toolchain (UNIX or Win32 Cygwin)
4.3.1. gcc (GNU compiler collection)
4.3.2. gdb (GNU project debugger)
4.3.3. ddd (GNU Data Display Debugger)
4.3.4. make (GNU Make)
4.4. Microsoft compiler toolchain (Win32 native)
4.4.1. Toolchain Package Alternatives
4.4.2. Legal issues with MSVC > V6?
4.4.3. cl.exe (C Compiler)
4.4.4. nmake.exe (Make)
4.4.5. link.exe (Linker)
4.4.6. C-Runtime "Redistributable" Files
4.4.7. Windows (Platform) SDK
4.4.8. HTML Help
4.4.9. Debugger
4.5. bash
4.5.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: GNU bash
4.5.2. Win32 native:
4.6. Python
4.6.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: Python
4.6.2. Win32 native: python
4.7. Perl
4.7.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: Perl
4.7.2. Win32 native: Perl
4.8. sed
4.8.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: sed
4.8.2. Win32 native: sed
4.9. yacc (bison)
4.9.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: bison
4.9.2. Win32 native: bison
4.10. flex
4.10.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: flex
4.10.2. Win32 native: flex
4.11. Git client
4.11.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: git
4.11.2. Win32 native: git
4.12. Git GUI client (optional)
4.13. patch (optional)
4.13.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: patch
4.13.2. Win32 native: patch
4.14. Win32: GNU wget (optional)
4.15. Win32: GNU unzip (optional)
4.16. Win32: NSIS (optional)
5. Library Reference
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Binary library formats
5.2.1. Unix
5.2.2. Win32: MSVC
5.2.3. Win32: cygwin gcc
5.3. Win32: Automated library download
5.3.1. Initial download
5.3.2. Update of a previous download
5.4. GTK+ / GLib / GDK / Pango / ATK / GNU gettext / GNU libiconv
5.4.1. Unix
5.4.2. Win32 MSVC
5.5. SMI (optional)
5.5.1. Unix
5.5.2. Win32 MSVC
5.6. c-ares (optional)
5.6.1. Unix
5.6.2. Win32 MSVC
5.7. zlib (optional)
5.7.1. Unix
5.7.2. Win32 MSVC
5.8. libpcap/WinPcap (optional)
5.8.1. Unix: libpcap
5.8.2. Win32 MSVC: WinPcap
5.9. GnuTLS (optional)
5.9.1. Unix
5.9.2. Win32 MSVC
5.10. Gcrypt (optional)
5.10.1. Unix
5.10.2. Win32 MSVC
5.11. Kerberos (optional)
5.11.1. Unix
5.11.2. Win32 MSVC
5.12. LUA (optional)
5.12.1. Unix
5.12.2. Win32 MSVC
5.13. PortAudio (optional)
5.13.1. Unix
5.13.2. Win32 MSVC
5.14. GeoIP (optional)
5.14.1. Unix
5.14.2. Win32 MSVC