I have Linux Mint 19 64-bit Cinnamon.

I have just installed wireshark-gtk with:

sudo apt-get install wireshark-gtk

while installing I was asked this:

wireshark non-root question

Answering Yes as you can see, as I am the sole user of this laptop, and I don't see much of the security issue anyways enabling this. But I have a different question than this.

How come that when I run Wireshark from the root terminal, I can listen on my Ethernet, and when I run Wireshark as non-root, interfaces are not even listed there?


The problem is the installer does not create the group for itself, do it manually with:

$ sudo addgroup --system wireshark

and add yourself to the group with:

$ sudo adduser $USER wireshark

I have then reconfigured the wireshark-common with:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common

answering intentionally No first

and finally:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common

answering intentionally Yes afterwards.

I have also logged out / in back. This is necessary.


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