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Old 02-28-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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Setting user network permissions


I'm trying to run a packet sniffer (ethereal) on my Suse 9.1 system.
It works great, logged in as root. Logged in as user, it won't capture anything (of course).

However, I do not like to stay as root for an extended period of time (things tend to get screwed up that way).

Is there any way I can set the permissions of my account to be able to run this packet sniffer when I'm not logged in as root? Is there any "network admin" group that I can make the user part of?

If there is, how safe is it?


Old 02-28-2005, 04:18 PM   #2
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Take a look at sudo:
man sudo

You could also just "su -" at a terminal and run ethereal from there.
Old 02-28-2005, 04:53 PM   #3
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su - at the terminal had been giving me some

Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display


sudo seemed to work perfectly, though.
Thank you for the help.


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