How to install Precise without getting screwed?

Evan Huus eapache at
Mon Apr 2 21:44:48 UTC 2012

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM, Vernon Cole <vernondcole at> wrote:

> For example, on my 11.04 box I have launchers for Thunar and Wireshark
> under gksu -- so that I can conveniently move or modify system files, and
> monitor my ethernet interfaces. The nicest thing about using Ubuntu for a
> router is the ability to use Wireshark to see what application programs on
> the downstream network are doing. For that, you need a gui screen with root
> access.  Easy if you have custom launchers -- very clumsy, otherwise.

I'm not up to commenting on the rest of your email, but as a brief tangent:
running Wireshark as root is a bad idea and NOT recommended. Even ignoring
the obvious security problems inherent in running the full application as
root, Wireshark's design suffers several bugs when run as root user.

It is quite possible to capture packets without full root permissions: you
just have to follow the instructions in the file [1] (included in the
wireshark-common package). I realize this isn't exactly discoverable - I've
had a few talks with upstream already, and the process should be much more
obvious in future versions.


[1] file:///usr/share/doc/wireshark-common/README.Debian
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