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How to remove columns type/fields from “Packet List” columns header right click pop-up menu?

asked 2020-01-08 12:34:31 +0000

Haxthausen gravatar image

updated 2020-01-08 12:36:11 +0000

Hi there,

On the latest version of Wireshark (3.2.0), when I right click on the “Packet List” columns header, the pop-up menu with the list of defined columns available to display shows also the columns type/fields on the right of the column title, whereas before only the columns title was displayed, as seen here.

This results on columns list pop-up menu being unusable for quick selection of columns in my case, as I have many defined, some of which with many fields.

Is this the new standard behavior after some software change or could it be a bug? If it is standard behavior is this possible to change back to previous one? I couldn't find any config parameter...

Thank you, Hax.

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Added here:

Sounds like you would like a preference to disable this.

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-01-08 13:09:36 +0000 )edit

Good to know.

I would say either add a preference to disable the functionality or change how the columns are displayed on the pop-up menu, e.g., show the complete list of columns on a single scrollable column instead of splitting them on multiple columns.

Let me elaborate: I regularly analyze packet captures with various different protocols with many fields, so to help me I have 150+ custom columns defined and I regularly switch between them depending on the capture; when only the column title was displayed on the pop-up menu the many column titles were split on various columns instead of a continuous scrollable list, and that was ok because all columns would show up; however, with the columns fields added now to the pop-up menu and the same multi-column display being maintained, basically the columns on the right basically disappear and are not usable, hence if the pop-up ...(more)

Haxthausen gravatar imageHaxthausen ( 2020-01-08 14:33:24 +0000 )edit

See for example here how my columns currently show on the pop-up menu. The last visible column is "MNC", however the list continues to the right, because I have many more columns as see on the Column Preferences here, however the rest of the columns no longer show due to the added fields and the horizontal split of the list.

Haxthausen gravatar imageHaxthausen ( 2020-01-08 14:43:52 +0000 )edit

While it won't fix your current issue, have you considered using profiles to limit the custom columns in use, this will maybe give you a smaller column list?

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2020-01-08 15:16:57 +0000 )edit

I might need any combination of the configured columns at any given time, it's not like I can separate different sets of columns on different configurations, so that wouldn't be useful. Thank you anyway. :)

Haxthausen gravatar imageHaxthausen ( 2020-01-08 21:07:48 +0000 )edit

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answered 2020-01-08 14:44:24 +0000

Chuckc gravatar image

I don't see an existing bug (open/closed) talking about this feature.
You can open a new bug ( referencing this question.

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Ok, I'll do. Thank you.

Haxthausen gravatar imageHaxthausen ( 2020-01-08 14:45:59 +0000 )edit
Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2020-01-08 22:44:00 +0000 )edit

Change to add a preference inbound, see here.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2020-01-09 11:42:26 +0000 )edit

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