Stephen Fisher wrote:
> Wireshark doesn't install any window manager specific things at this time other than providing a wireshark.desktop file.
Right, but the desktop file should have two entries, not one. (Or two
desktop files? I don't know how it works.) This is done by default in
Ubuntu, for one.
> sudo/su doesn't always carry your environment variables to the program being run as root. To verify this is happening, try sudo echo $DISPLAY and verify it is blank.
sudo echo $display:
> If so, try adding the DISPLAY variable assignment to your root shell's startup dot-file and see if that works.
When I su and then set the variable, the output changes to:
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified
(wireshark:26949): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0.0
> Your sudo may also have an option to preserve environment variables such as DISPLAY when running. I don't have a Linux machine handy at the moment to try it out, but on MacOS X sudo does preserve environment variables and has an option not to.
I think it would be more proper to set the default environmental
variables for the root user, instead of temporarily transferring those
from the non-root to root user during sudo. Either way, it looks like it
isn't just a $display problem.