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Suppose I create a Wireshark plugin in Ubuntu (say version 12.04, but I would prefer an answer for any general system), how compatible will it be across all Wireshark versions in different Linux platforms like Fedora, Mint, etc?

Also, could it possibly be compatible with Wireshark in older versions of Ubuntu like 11.04?

asked 21 Nov '12, 05:20

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As long as you adhere to the practices laid out in README.developer you should be able to write portable source code. As for binary compatibility, you most likely will be able to move the so around, but library compatibility may be an issue.

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answered 21 Nov '12, 09:29

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In other words, the plugin compiled in Ubuntu has a good chance of working in Fedora.

Is there any list that clearly lays out compatibility issues between platforms?

Also, do you mind elaborating about library compatibility? Why will it be an issue and for what cases specifically?

(21 Nov '12, 09:56) SidR

run this command and look at the output.


If any one of those libraries is substantially different on one of the mentioned systems, your plugin may get into trouble.

(21 Nov '12, 12:16) Kurt Knochner ♦

As for library compatibility, have a look here for instance.

(22 Nov '12, 04:14) Jaap ♦
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