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### Help needed with DissectorTable

Hi, I wrote a lua dissector about a year ago and have forgotten some of my understanding of how dissectors work. The Ethernet packet I need to dissect has the following structure (simplified):

• Message (of type: MessageType and of length: PayloadLength)

I have a top-level 'general.lua' file that parses the TransportHeader and which creates a DissectorTable. The next level dissector (for the specific message type) is invoked by calling:

xran_dissector_table:try(ecpriMessage, buffer(8):tvb(),pinfo,tree)


My problem is that the lower level dissector currently doesn't know the length of Message. (The buffer passed to it contains the message and some padding). I can see two possibilities:

1. Pass PayloadLength to the lower level dissector
2. Limit the buffer passed to the lower level dissector to length PayloadLength

I don't know how to do either of these. Which would be the best solution and how would I do it?