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Which install package do I use to install on Linux?

asked 2018-08-28 12:11:34 +0000

The output from uname -a is "Linux 2.6.32-696.10.1.el6.x86_64".

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answered 2018-08-29 03:02:25 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image


  1. the package that your distribution provides, if there is one;
  2. a package for one of the "universal Linux package" mechanisms, such as AppImage, Snapcraft, or Flatpak, if there is one;
  3. the source code package, which you "install" by building the binaries and installing them.
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Thanks for that reply, but I am still confused about which package to download. Shown below are the packages listed on the Wireshark download site. None of the options you gave me are shown in the list of packages for download. I do have to apologize, because I have no networking experience and no experience with Wireshark. My job is to sustain the architecture and environment that keeps a PLM software application running for GE Aviation. I have been asked to try and capture network traffic between one of my Linux servers and the license server where the application gets it licenses. I was told Wireshark would be a great tool for this need. However, I am really struggling because of my lack of experience with Wireshark and networking.

Are there any guides or procedures that I could follow step-by-step to download and install Wireshark on Linux? I do work ...(more)

jcstgreen gravatar imagejcstgreen ( 2018-08-29 11:53:54 +0000 )edit

The problem is that you haven't given us the information needed to help you. Linux systems have their own package distribution and what you should do is to get the Wireshark package for your distribution and version from the distributor.

lsb_release -a may print the distribution name and version. I'm guessing Red Hat enterprise in which case you could use yast or yast2 to add a package(Wireshark) I think. IF it's connected to the internet and you have the rights to add packages.

Anders gravatar imageAnders ( 2018-08-29 12:21:22 +0000 )edit

Thanks for the reply. In my first message, I thought I had copied the output from “uname -a” but maybe not. Anyway, I issued the command you have me “lsb_release -a” and the output is shown below. I have been told that I do not have to have root privileges to perform the install. Based on the output below, I was thinking maybe I should download the package named “Red Hat / Red Hat Enterprise Linux” but that link is not available. With the output below, are you now able to tell me which package I should download? Also, after I download the package, is there documentation or a readme file that will help guide me through the install?

imanadm:avelq0785p01 ~ # lsb_release -a
LSB Version:    :base-4.0-amd64:base-4.0-ia32:base-4.0-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-ia32:core-4.0-noarch:graphics-4.0-amd64:graphics-4.0-ia32:graphics-4.0-noarch:printing-4.0-amd64:printing-4.0-ia32:printing-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID ...
jcstgreen gravatar imagejcstgreen ( 2018-08-29 14:36:32 +0000 )edit

You're misunderstanding the Wireshark download page, for many linux distributions the distributors themselves (i.e. Redhat in your case) create a "standard package" and make it available via the "standard" method for that particular distribution. There is nothing available from the Wireshark Web site for these distributions.

The Wireshark user's guide, sect. 2.6.1. has information on installing on RedHat. If you still have issues installing, then you should contact the regular support for your distribution, e.g. RedHat.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2018-08-29 15:24:30 +0000 )edit

So this is not a matter of lack of experience with Wireshark and networking, but lack of experience with Red Hat Enterprise Linux system management. A source like Stack Exchange would be more appropriate to search for these kind of questions.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2018-08-29 16:14:09 +0000 )edit

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