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Add-on Lua code for file system operations?
From: Guy Harris <guy () alum mit edu>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:04:35 -0800
A recent change to an example on the Wireshark Wiki had code to make a directory; it does it using os.execute with a
mkdir command. It's portable, but doing system(blah blah blah) (or its Windows equivalent) has always struck me as a
bit of a hack (and potentially fragile, e.g. with string quoting issues).
There's a LuaFileSystem package:
that presumably uses standard UN*X calls on UN*Xes and appropriate Windows calls on Windows.
We also have our own wrappers in the wsutil library for some file system operations.
Should we either bundle the LuaFileSystem stuff, at least on platforms where we bundle Lua with Wireshark rather than
relying on the OS to have it as a package (I guess the packager could make the appropriate Wireshark package depend on
the LuaFileSystem package, if one exists), or do our own Lua extensions using the wsutil routines?
The latter may handle non-ASCII pathnames better on Windows - a quick look at the LuaFileSystem seems not to indicate
that it does any UTF-8-to-UTF-16 mapping, it just calls _mkdir(), but we map UTF-8 to UTF-16 and call _wmkdir(). It
also matches what we do in C/C++ code in Wireshark.
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