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Old 06-13-2009, 11:44 AM   #1
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Wireshark implementation

Hello Good People,

I choose to call myself Linusawannabe cause that's what i want to be in the nearest future.

I currently am thinking of doing some analyzing on my network and have considered the use of Wireshark due to the cudos attributed to it.

Can someone please flash me some info on how to get this service up and running in the shortest possible time.
Old 06-13-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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Do you understand what Wireshark is? Do you understand anything about packet generation and capturing? Do you know anything about the TCP/IP Suite? Could you do packet analysis without Wireshark?

I'll be honest with you, if you're using Wireshark for the 'kudos attributed to it' and you have no idea specifcially what it does, you shouldn't be anywhere near it.
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wireshark is not a service, you just run it as a client program. A simple thing to get confused with though is that, normally, the "wireshark" rpm is actually *not* wireshark, but the common libraries for it and the *TEXT* interface to it, tshark. if you want the super swishy singy dancy gui for it, then also install "wireshark-gnome".

note that if you do have redhat 8.0 then you will actually have the older version of the program, when it was called ethereal, but if at all possible you shouldn't use such an old distro, use something newer like fedora (as the modern day equivalent of redhat) or ubuntu for example.

And it's "Linux" not "Linus". Linus Torvalds is the guy that started it. I've no how how so so many people call it by the wrong name.


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