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Why sometimes Wireshark restarts after a profile change?

asked 2019-02-12 17:01:19 +0000

updated 2019-02-13 09:15:26 +0000

Sometimes Wireshark does not need to restart, other times it has to be restarted for a profile change to be effective. What is the hint?

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What version of Wireshark are you running? Please post Wireshark's Help -> About Wireshark details. Also, what differences are there between profiles that aren't effective immediately when changing profiles?

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2019-02-12 22:11:30 +0000 )edit

I.e., the answer may be "because the Wireshark developers missed something in the code that handles some settings that can be changed by a profile change, so that the profile change doesn't cause an update"; if you can indicate what settings change in a profile change, but don't have that change take effect until after a restart, that would make it easier to find something we missed.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2019-02-13 03:45:28 +0000 )edit

You can switch

from a profile with nameres.mac_name: TRUE to a profle with nameres.mac_name: FALSE

without restarting Wireshark. But just the first time (say when Wireshark starts by using a "TRUE" profile).

From then, every boolean change requires a restart, even from TRUE to FALSE.

I'm running

Version 2.6.6 (v2.6.6-0-gdf942cd8) 
Copyright 1998-2019 Gerald Combs <[email protected]> and contributors. License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. 

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M@xF@actor gravatar image[email protected]@actor ( 2019-02-13 09:12:29 +0000 )edit

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answered 2019-02-13 19:27:27 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

That's not a feature, as far as I'm concerned. Please file a bug on that on the Wireshark Bugzilla.

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