Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 5501] command line options don't work in OSX
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 18:16:31 -0800 (PST)

Guy Harris <[email protected]> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
           Platform|x86-64                      |All
         Resolution|                            |INVALID

--- Comment #1 from Guy Harris <[email protected]> 2010-12-18 18:16:30 PST ---
OS X GUI applications don't take that sort of command-line option.

In addition, as Wireshark is, even on OS X, an X11-based app, the OS X binary
distribution wraps it in a wrapper program that's an OS X GUI app binary. 
/Applications/Wireshark.app/Contents/MacOS/Wireshark is that binary; it is
*not* the Wireshark binary itself.

The Wireshark binary is in
/Applications/Wireshark.app/Contents/Resources/bin/wireshark-bin, but it's not
runnable from there.  To be able to run Wireshark from the command line, you
need to install the wrapper scripts in, for example, /usr/local/bin - when the
dmg is opened, it has the "Wireshark" item to drag to /Applications (a symbolic
link for which is also in the top-level directory of the dmg), and it also has
a "Read me first" file and a "Utilities" folder.  Open the "Utilities" folder,
and it has a "Command Line" folder.  Open the "Command Line" folder and drag
everything in it to /usr/local/bin (or copy them from the command line if you
want).  With that done, /usr/local/bin/wireshark is the script to run Wireshark
from the command line:

    /usr/local/bin/wireshark -r /Sources/Captures/GNS3/SW1_to_SW2.cap

(or, if /usr/local/bin is in your path, just

    wireshark -r /Sources/Captures/GNS3/SW1_to_SW2.cap

and you can also leave the "-r" out.

Alternatively, for files with extensions for which an application has been
registered, the "open" command can be used to open the file from the command
line.  Once you've installed Wireshark from the dmg, you could, for example, do

    open /Sources/Captures/GNS3/SW1_to_SW2.cap

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