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Can't find access_bpf group after installation

asked 2022-07-10 12:58:19 +0000

hezri gravatar image

Hi, based on installation step below my question is why after installation of ChmodBPF I couldn't find the access_bpf name in /etc/group . ? Thank you. MacOs Monterey 12.4

Package Installation Details The ChmodBPF installer writes to the following locations: /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.wireshark.ChmodBPF.plist. A launch daemon that adjusts permissions on the system’s packet capture devices (/dev/bpf) when the system starts up. /Library/Application Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF. A copy of the launch daemon property list, and the script that the launch daemon runs. The installer group named “access_bpf” is created. The user who opened the package is added to the group.* The system path installer writes to the following locations: /etc/paths.d/Wireshark. The folder name in this file is automatically added to PATH /etc/manpaths.d/Wireshark. The folder name in this file is used by the man command. It assumes that Wireshark is installed in /Applications.

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answered 2022-07-10 22:37:10 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

To quote the comment at the beginning of /etc/group - this is on Big Sur, but it's been there for a long time, and is probably even still there in macOS Ventura:

##
# Group Database
# 
# Note that this file is consulted directly only when the system is running
# in single-user mode.  At other times this information is provided by
# Open Directory.
#
# See the opendirectoryd(8) man page for additional information about
# Open Directory.
##

I.e., adding a group puts it in Open Directory's database, not in /etc/group.

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