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How to use the ethers file

asked 2019-11-21 13:34:42 +0000

updated 2019-11-21 14:06:11 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

Hi, I have created an ethers file, like described in the wireshark docs and put it into a personal profile (e.g. testETHERS) Is there an additional step needed to the MAC addresses resolved? I have enabled the physical name resolving. I am using Wireshark 3.0.6 64Bit for Windows.

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answered 2019-11-21 14:23:45 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

ethers does not support a profile specific version, only the personal and global configuration directories. Some of the configuration files do, e.g. vlans, but the current state overall seems to be inconsistent and undocumented.

At the time of writing, in the current master branch, the following address resolution files can be loaded from a profile:

  • services
  • vlans
  • subnets
  • hosts
  • ss7pcs

I don't know what the state is for 3.0.6.

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Ok makes sense. But I have also tried the global and personal configuration directories. But it didn’t work.

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2019-11-21 14:28:51 +0000 )edit

Works for me in the personal config directory with 3.1.1 dev build. In my file I had: machine1
f4:d5:45:e8:aa:d2 machine2

Do you have "Resolve MAC addresses" checked in the Name Resolution Preferences?

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-11-21 14:41:32 +0000 )edit

Also checked with 3.0.6 and it works for me there was well.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-11-21 15:06:54 +0000 )edit

See Bug 11228. I missed reporting the ethers file at the time. A new bug should probably be opened for ethers and any other file not currently supported per-profile.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2019-11-21 16:18:14 +0000 )edit

Ok we start at the very beginning: where exactly have you stored the ethers. I have stored it in %appdata%roaming/wireshark

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2019-11-21 17:36:47 +0000 )edit

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