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after I set up my group and permissions i tried running wireshark in monitoring mode. I checked the box next to monitoring mode in the preferences hit ok then apply then I revived an error box that said Can't open preferences file "/home/reaper/.wireshark/preferences": Permission denied

Then i had to reset my connection because I wasn't able to surf the web afterwards. Any ideas how to fix this?

asked 27 Jan '13, 00:12

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Yos should probably check the permissions on ""/home/reaper/.wireshark/preferences": Permission denied" That you lost your connection might be due to the card being set into monitoring mode by Wireshark and not reset when it couldn't read the "/home/reaper/.wireshark/preferences" which is a bug I suppose.

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answered 28 Jan '13, 08:34

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I don’t think there is a preferences file in the .wireshark folder I checked and all I see is recent and recent_common

(29 Jan '13, 19:23) Bigreaper
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