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How to disable automatic loading of extcap plugins?

asked 2019-01-10 02:43:02 +0000

edward gravatar image

updated 2019-01-11 18:44:27 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

I found that wireshark loaded very slow due to plugins loading. How to disable plugins load automatically´╝č I want load the plugins manually when I need.

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grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-01-10 09:53:16 +0000 )edit

never see any checkmark icon, how to do that?

edward gravatar imageedward ( 2019-01-11 01:28:03 +0000 )edit

As the "answer" has now been moved to a comment, there is no checkmark for "accepting" it. I'll try to clean it up.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-01-11 10:18:20 +0000 )edit

As I noted in a comment on the answer, the plugins that are probably causing the slowness are "extcap" plugins rather than "loaded" plugins. You can disable them by renaming the "extcap" directory, so that Wireshark doesn't find any extcap plugins.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2019-01-11 18:45:53 +0000 )edit

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answered 2019-01-10 03:36:41 +0000

edward gravatar image

From the help->about->plugins I found the plugins folder 'extcap' and rename it. Then open wireshark again, it opened quickly and no plugins loaded. Or you can move the plugins which is in 'extcap' to other folders, you can move the plugins to 'extcap' again when you need.

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Note that there are two types of plugins:

  1. "Loaded" plugins, which are either compiled code that's loaded into the Wireshark executable (DLL/.so/.dylib/etc.) or Lua code;
  2. Extcap plugins, which are separate programs run by Wireshark.

Renaming the extcap folder prevents the extcap plugins from being run, but doesn't prevent the "loaded" plugins from being loaded.

Extcap plugins do slow down the startup process more than do "loaded" plugins; it appears that disabling extcap plugins sped up your startup, and it may be that the original poster's problem was with the extcap plugins, not the "loaded" plugins.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2019-01-10 04:56:03 +0000 )edit

Ok, thanks.

edward gravatar imageedward ( 2019-01-10 06:12:21 +0000 )edit

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