This book tries to give you a guide to start your own experiments into
the wonderful world of Ethereal development.
Developers who are new to Ethereal are often having a hard time getting
their development environment up and running. This is
especially true for Win32 developers, as a lot of the tools and methods
used when building Ethereal are much more common in the UNIX world than
The first part of this book will describe how to set up the environment
needed to develop Ethereal.
The second part of this book will describe how to change the Ethereal
We hope that you find this book useful, and look forward to your comments.
Who should read this document?
The intended audience of this book is anyone going into the development of
This book is not intended to explain the usage of Ethereal in general.
Please refer the
Ethereal User's Guide
about Ethereal usage.
By reading this book, you will learn how to develop Ethereal. It will
hopefully guide you around some common problems that frequently appears for
new (and sometimes even advanced) developers of Ethereal.
The authors would like to thank the whole Ethereal team for their
assistance. In particular, the authors would like to thank:
Gerald Combs, for initiating the Ethereal project.
Guy Harris, for many helpful hints and his effort in maintaining
the various contributions on the mailing lists.
The authors would also like to thank the following people for their
helpful feedback on this document:
XXX - Please give feedback :-)
And of course a big thank you to the many, many contributors of the
Ethereal development community!
About this document
This book was developed by
It is written in DocBook/XML.
You will find some specially marked parts in this book:
This is a warning!
You should pay attention to a warning, as otherwise data loss might occur.
This is a note!
A note will point you to common mistakes and things that might not be
This is a tip!
Tips will be helpful for your everyday work developing Ethereal.
Where to get the latest copy of this document?
The latest copy of this documentation can always be found at:
in PDF (A4 and US letter)
and HTML (single and chunked) and CHM format.
Providing feedback about this document
Should you have any feedback about this document, please send it
to the authors through &EtherealDevMailList;.