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Awadhesh Kumar wrote:
> How can I increase the performance of wireshark?
> Currently I have registered 25 udp ports to dissects the message.  Is
> it possible to use multi threaded dissectors based on udp port. Can
> you give me link for that?

I do not know of Wireshark supporting multithreaded Lua dissectors. You
should check on a Wireshark forum or mailing list.

> Is there a way to control whether the LUA script should be engaged or
> not from the Wireshark GUI – e.g. an option to disable/enable select
> LUA script at runtime without messing with the init.lua file.

I do not know of such a control.

First, you should try to make your code efficient.

Second, you could try short-cutting your own dissectors by creating a

proto.prefs["my_proto.disable_dissector"] =
    Pref.bool("Disable Dissector",
              "Set this to true and the dissector won't run.")

wsLua (Wireshark Lua) will add the preference to the Edit -> Preferences
dialog. Scroll down to your protocol's name under Protocol on the left
pane then click on it. You'll see the list of preferences. For booleans,
it's a checkbox. The value is stored in ~/.wireshark/preferences under
Linux, or the similar location in Documents and Settings\Username under

You'll have to add code to your dissector to honor the preference.
Google for help on that, or find a Wireshark forum.


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