traceroute -m 100 216.81.59.173

Today a nice command was tweeted and it goes like this on a unix pc like linux or mac:

traceroute -m 100 216.81.59.173

For a windows pc, type this:

tracert -h 100 216.81.59.173

What it does is: it tries to reach the defined IP address hopping from network node to network node towards the destination. It also resolves the ip adresses on its way into host names (like a phonebook resolves numbers into names and vice versa).

Here is the result, which comes up line by line. From a programmers view, its just beautiful :)

/root$ traceroute -m 100 216.81.59.173
traceroute to 216.81.59.173 (216.81.59.173), 100 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  * * *
 2  xe-1-0-0.dr-slave.r2.cgn3.he-core.de (176.28.4.58)  4.339 ms  4.331 ms  4.318 ms
 3  xe-3-2-0.cr-nashira.cgn4.he-core.de (176.28.4.73)  0.288 ms  0.282 ms  0.269 ms
 4  xe-1-1-0.cr-polaris.fra1.he-core.de (80.237.129.166)  2.936 ms  2.946 ms  2.933 ms
 5  30gigabitethernet4-3.core1.fra1.he.net (80.81.192.172)  4.133 ms  4.126 ms  4.118 ms
 6  10gigabitethernet2-2.core1.par2.he.net (72.52.92.26)  29.232 ms  29.099 ms 10gigabitethernet1-4.core1.par2.he.net (184.105.213.162)  23.971 ms
 7  10gigabitethernet7-1.core1.ash1.he.net (184.105.213.93)  102.237 ms  100.215 ms  99.853 ms
 8  10gigabitethernet1-2.core1.atl1.he.net (184.105.213.110)  104.989 ms  105.711 ms  105.584 ms
 9  216.66.0.26 (216.66.0.26)  105.634 ms  105.205 ms  106.022 ms
10  * * *
11  Episode.IV (206.214.251.1)  148.301 ms  141.351 ms  145.350 ms
12  A.NEW.HOPE (206.214.251.6)  145.271 ms  142.798 ms  143.856 ms
13  It.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9)  143.836 ms  144.124 ms  145.499 ms
14  Rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14)  144.004 ms *  144.853 ms
15  striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17)  141.664 ms  144.681 ms  142.910 ms
16  have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22)  140.501 ms  144.221 ms  145.185 ms
17  against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire (206.214.251.25)  144.260 ms  148.451 ms *
18  * * *
19  * * *
20  * * to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38)  148.797 ms
21  to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41)  152.416 ms  144.094 ms  143.734 ms
22  the.DEATH.STAR (206.214.251.46)  143.394 ms  142.408 ms  146.943 ms
23  an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49)  142.996 ms  147.351 ms  151.947 ms
24  with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54)  152.221 ms  149.136 ms  152.527 ms
25  destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57)  141.966 ms  149.137 ms  149.631 ms
26  Pursued.by.the.Empires (206.214.251.62)  146.988 ms  145.777 ms  149.582 ms
27  sinister.agents (206.214.251.65)  149.071 ms  149.384 ms  149.423 ms
28  Princess.Leia.races.home (206.214.251.70)  147.452 ms  147.674 ms  144.215 ms
29  aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73)  146.460 ms  152.405 ms  142.578 ms
30  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78)  142.257 ms *  146.862 ms
31  * that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81)  148.505 ms  153.776 ms
32  people.and.restore (206.214.251.86)  148.875 ms  151.422 ms  152.083 ms
33  freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89)  153.624 ms *  151.906 ms
34  * 0-------------------0 (206.214.251.94)  145.112 ms  145.542 ms
35  * 0------------------0 (206.214.251.97)  152.155 ms  153.447 ms
36  0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102)  142.353 ms  154.442 ms  153.051 ms
37  0----------------0 (206.214.251.105)  147.324 ms  146.800 ms  146.087 ms
38  0---------------0 (206.214.251.110)  146.382 ms  151.993 ms  151.293 ms
39  0--------------0 (206.214.251.113)  145.566 ms  142.409 ms  147.750 ms
40  0-------------0 (206.214.251.118)  147.261 ms  147.652 ms  153.014 ms
41  0------------0 (206.214.251.121)  151.115 ms  154.800 ms  154.545 ms
42  0-----------0 (206.214.251.126)  153.860 ms  154.407 ms  143.928 ms
43  0----------0 (206.214.251.129)  143.605 ms  148.968 ms  149.520 ms
44  0---------0 (206.214.251.134)  148.616 ms  145.036 ms  144.203 ms
45  0--------0 (206.214.251.137)  145.541 ms  146.745 ms  149.882 ms
46  0-------0 (206.214.251.142)  148.957 ms  147.632 ms  146.441 ms
47  0------0 (206.214.251.145)  150.202 ms  153.601 ms  154.145 ms
48  0-----0 (206.214.251.150)  148.760 ms  148.921 ms  146.479 ms
49  0----0 (206.214.251.153)  150.577 ms  147.331 ms  150.268 ms
50  0---0 (206.214.251.158)  148.720 ms  148.518 ms  150.112 ms
51  0--0 (206.214.251.161)  151.277 ms  151.662 ms  152.606 ms
52  0-0 (206.214.251.166)  151.070 ms  150.696 ms  149.171 ms
53  00 (206.214.251.169)  150.310 ms  151.160 ms  146.687 ms
54  I (206.214.251.174)  146.420 ms  150.591 ms  150.028 ms
55  By.Ryan.Werber (206.214.251.177)  150.308 ms  151.240 ms  153.671 ms
56  When.CCIEs.Get.Bored (206.214.251.182)  148.692 ms  150.984 ms  149.898 ms
57  CCIE.38168 (206.214.251.185)  146.202 ms  150.180 ms  150.184 ms
58  FIN (206.214.251.190)  149.295 ms * *

Great job!