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Old 08-20-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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Aptitude Problems - Install Software from Desktop

Hey all,

Having yet another issue with installing software on Ubuntu. I've decided to go a different route after not being able to unzip tar files at the command line.

1. downloaded Wireshark and it's dependencies to USB from Wireshark-0.99.6

2. Stuck USB drive into Linux machine, mounted automatically

3. Stuck the tar.bz2 and tar.gz files for Wireshark on my desktop

4. Right clicked them and selected "extract here"

5. cd Desktop

6. sudo aptitude install wireshark

Reply: No candidate version found for Wireshark

7. sudo aptitude install wireshark-0.99.6

Reply: Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "wireshark-0.99.6"

Feedback is most appreciated
Old 08-20-2009, 01:21 PM   #2
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You can't install tar files like that on Ubuntu. You would have to compile them.

If you want to install it using aptitude, you have to enable the "universe" repositories in your /etc/apt/sources.list. Then run sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install wireshark.
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Yeah I don't have an internet connection on the Linux machine, so I guess I will need to compile it.

Also, my ./configure is not working.

I believe that I have build-essential installed, but when I type ./configure, it says "command not found / is not a directory."
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You can download the deb files, and if needed the dependencies.
Start with wireshark and wireshark-common and go from there

To install
dpkg -i foo.deb
If there are seera deb files
dpkg -i *.deb

BTW for the tar file, you first need to cd to the newly created directory by utar
From a terminal:
cd Desktop
tar -jxvf wireshark-0.99.6.tar.bz2
cd wireshark-0.99.6
read the Readme files


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