The following is a list of known and confirmed bugs.
As people often consider intended behaviour to be a bug, please do not put anything on this list if you haven't already asked the developer mailing list about it. If you ask the developer list, they'll see it immediately, and: If you don't ask the developer list, they won't see it until they look at this page, and they can't point out that it's not a bug if it isn't, and they can't discuss it as easily in order to come up with the correct fix if it is a bug.
If you don't ask the developer list, they won't see it until they look at this page, and they can't point out that it's not a bug if it isn't, and they can't discuss it as easily in order to come up with the correct fix if it is a bug.
Not a Bug
Things our users frequently notify as bugs, but which are intended behaviour.
- The horizontal scrollbar in the packet list pane wasn't completely removed. It does automatically appear if the content doesn't fit into the window. If you widen your columns to be larger than the pane, a scrollbar will appear.
- Plugins are not portable between versions. Ever wondered why Ethereal keeps its plugins in a directory named after its version? That is because the plugin interface is considered an internal interface to Ethereal. Therefore it is not stable (as API and ABI) and can change with every version. So when moving from one version to the next you get a fresh install of plugins for this version. When using a 3rd party plugin, request a fresh build from the supplier.
The Ethereal Windows version (as well as some other windows software) won't work well with desktop theme software, e.g. making the windows desktop look like Mac OS X. Known problems are with Alienware's Windows theme (AlienMorph(TM)?) not showing the packet list well.
Running Out Of Memory -> Terminate
Ethereal will terminate if it runs out of memory. There's currently no solution to this, for workarounds and background info see the /OutOfMemory page.
Sniffer Time Stamps
Time stamps in capture files from the Windows version of Sniffer are not always interpreted correctly.
If you have a problem with time stamps in Sniffer files try it with the latest release. If you still have a problem with it, please give us a copy of a capture file with the problem, and a listing of what the time stamps on the packets should be, if possible.
- 0.10.9: Win32: Crashes on Windows 95/98/Me. This should now be fixed in 0.10.9.
0.10.9: The dissector for the DNP-3 protocol used in control systems often crashed. - Dan McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) This is fixed in 0.10.9.
0.10.10: Restore correct behavior of Save feature for followed TCP streams. This functionality has been broken since v10.5 when streams started being saved as ASCII only, preventing recovery of binary data from TCP streams (FTP data streams for example). - Chris Eagle That's been fixed by adding a new radio button "Raw" - Ulf Lamping
When copying large amount of information into the clipboard using the Copy button on "Conversations", Ethereal just exits without copying anything.