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[Wireshark-dev] XML dictionary parsing with flex/bison

From: Hadriel Kaplan <HKaplan_at_nospam>
Date: Sat Oct 16 2010 - 16:40:17 GMT
To: Developer support list for Wireshark <wireshark-dev@wireshark.org>

I'm thinking of adding XML dictionary file support to the IPFIX dissector, similar in concept to the Diameter dictionary. It appears Wireshark's Diameter dictionary reader uses flex/bison to parse the XML, and I'm curious if that's what we're supposed to use for such things in Wireshark? I'd prefer to just use Glib's GMarkupParser, or libxml2 which I think is included in wireshark builds (right?), because I'm not familiar with flex/bison or lex/yacc. But if there's some specific reason flex/bison should be used, I can go learn how to use them.

Is there a reason for using flex/bison for that?

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