This has been annoying me for a while, so I researched it. I wrongfully submitted a bug to Launchpad, and finally was directed to an answer.
It was bugging me that there was no simple way to add a
shortcut in Unity. It turns out that that isn’t what you want to do. If you
check your file:///usr/share/doc/wireshark-common/README.Debian, you’ll see
that there is an extra step to being able to run Wireshark with full
functionality as a non-root user. A quick summary:
- Install Wireshark as you normally would.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-commonto enable capturing by non-priveleged users.
sudo adduser myname wiresharkto add yourself to the wireshark group.
That’s it. Obviously, replace myname with your username. You have to log out of your desktop session and log in again before it will work. But it works. :)