I've spent the last week reading up on linux networking tools and stuff and I've got some of the basics down.
What I'm trying to do is learn to analyze networks I'm starting at my workplace (computer repair shop) I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) the drivers are all whatever got automatically installed and seem to work perfectly for normal operation. the machine is an ASUS W2V notebook. the software is Wireshark, formerly known as ethereal.
the problem: my network tools GUI is showing hundreds of packets being received but none of them make it to wireshark (I haven't changed any filters anywhere) I think that my problem is that for some reason my wireless card has an IPv6 address assigned to it and I cannot change/alter/edit/delete/nullify it in any way no matter what I do and I think that the packets might be getting dropped because they don't match the IP. I've been reading and I understand that I need to have a null IP like 0.0.0.0 or in ipv6 ::1 or something of the sort and currently the address is stuck at fe80:blah:blah:blah
here is the error I get when trying to change the address
sudo ifconfig eth1 inet6 add <any valid ipv6>
siocsifaddr: Cannot assign requested address
can anyone help?
Thanks in advance
//edit: changing IPv4 address works flawlessly