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Problem updating Wireshark in Ubuntu 16.04



I am running Ubuntu 16.04 and have Wireshark 2.0.2 installed. I want to update it to the latest version supported by that o/s and so did:

$ sudo -E apt-get install wireshark
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
wireshark is already the newest version (2.2.7-1~xenial1).
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 13 not to upgrade.

But when I run Wireshark from the command line, version 2.0.2 still starts up.

In case it helps:

$ which wireshark
[email protected]:~$ /usr/bin/wireshark --version
Wireshark 2.0.2 (SVN Rev Unknown from unknown)

Do I need to explicitly uninstall 2.0.2? If so, how?

Best regards


asked 24 Jul '17, 07:10

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What is the list of files installed by the package, e.g. dpkg -L wireshark, has the binary been put somewhere else?

(24 Jul '17, 07:40) grahamb ♦

~$ dpkg -L wireshark /. /usr /usr/share /usr/share/doc /usr/share/doc/wireshark /usr/share/doc/wireshark/README.Debian /usr/share/doc/wireshark/changelog.Debian.gz /usr/share/doc/wireshark/copyright

(24 Jul '17, 07:42) DavidA_2015

One Answer:


As you can see the package you've installed is just the debian README. Looking for other Ubuntu packages for Wireshark I can see wireshark-qt and wireshark-gtk for the Qt and GTK+ versions respectively that might do what you want.

answered 24 Jul '17, 07:57

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grahamb ♦
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