Query about monitoring unknown Internet traffic

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 04:45:23 UTC 2015

On 19/10/2015, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 19/10/2015, Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2015-10-19 at 02:26 +0800, Bret Busby wrote:
>>> I assume that that means shutting down all the applications that are
>>> currently open.
>> Yes - if you need a new login to your existing X server. I guess you
>> have to decide how likely it is that the traffic requires urgent
>> investigation.
>> However, as previously mentioned, you DO NOT NEED to change groups to
>> use wireshark. Just run wireshark as root from a terminal window:
>>    gksudo wireshark
>> Regards, K.
> I tried to run gksudo wireshark, but nothing happened, so, after a
> couple of minutes, I did <CTRL><C> .
> I am unfamiliar with the gksudo command.
> I then tried to run sudo wireshark , and got the following errore message.
> "Lua: error during loading:
> [string "/usr/share/wireshark/init.lua"]:46:dofile has been disabled
> due to running Wireshark as superuser.See
> http://wiki.wireshark.org/CaptureSetup/CapturePrivileges for help in
> running Wireshark as an unprivileged user."

Oh, and, after I sent this message (the one into which, I have
inserted this text), and clicked the <OK> button in the error dialogue
box, control (such as it is) was returned to the terminal, which then
displayed the line

"Gtk-Message: GtkDialog mapped without a transient parent. This is discouraged."

and nothing further happened, so, once again, <CTRL<C> .

> So, it appears that wireshark can not be run as a superuser, and it is
> designed to be difficult to be run as an ordinary user.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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