|Lesson 8|| Using traceroute|
|Objective||Examine the output of the traceroute command to locate server failures. |
Locate server failures
Sometimes network problems far from your local network cause problems for you.
For example, if a company router or gateway fails, your Internet access may be interrupted. This disruption may cause name service failure, loss of email service, and complaints from users who cannot use the Web. The traceroute program can be used to locate such failures.
Here is an example of the use of
host$ /usr/sbin/traceroute www.acmecorp.com
traceroute to www.acmecorp.com (18.104.22.168),
30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199) 1.560 ms
1.483 ms 1.430 ms
2 UIC-FDDI-16.GW.UIC.EDU (188.8.131.52)
2.476 ms 1.147 ms 1.132 ms
3 core0-a0-12-ds3.chi1.nap.net (184.108.40.206)
3.184 ms 1.719 ms 1.595 ms
4 909.Hssi4-0.GW3.CHI1.ALTER.NET (220.127.116.11)
3.638 ms 3.488 ms 4.805 ms
5 104.ATM11-0-0.XR2.CHI4.ALTER.NET (18.104.22.168)
6.639 ms 6.479 ms 6.742 ms
6 100.ATM2-0-0.TR2.CHI4.ALTER.NET (22.214.171.124)
6.500 ms 5.688 ms 8.674 ms
7 106.ATM9-0-0.TR2.LAX2.ALTER.NET (126.96.36.199)
66.051 ms 70.452 ms 69.729 ms
8 100.ATM4-0-0.XR2.LAX2.ALTER.NET (188.8.131.52)
59.202 ms 56.920 ms 59.111 ms
9 194.ATM1-0-0.GW1.LAX1.ALTER.NET (184.108.40.206)
58.612 ms 52.275 ms 57.054 ms
10 pc1.acme.com (220.127.116.11) 58.033 ms
55.658 ms 55.691 ms
18.104.22.168 (22.214.171.124) 66.605 ms
58.098 ms 55.841 ms
The output from
shows the sequence of machines that packets cross en route from the local machine to the machine specified. (In this case, the packets are traveling from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to the machine www.acmecorp.com.) In this example, the path from UIC to acme involves 11 steps. The traceroute program tries each stage of the path three times and reports on the round-trip time for each stage. The traceroute program has many options, which vary somewhat from machine to machine; check your manual page for a complete survey of what traceroute can do. On some machines, running traceroute requires root permissions, because it must open a “ Raw socket
(do not worry if you are not familiar with this term), and some machines limit this ability to root. If you want to make traceroute available to everyone, you will need to make it run SUID
Traceroute is not part of UNIX. It is freely available on the Internet, however. If you do not have it on your machine, you can get it and install it.
 Raw socket:
A raw socket allows privileged users direct access to a protocol other than those normally used for transport
user data, for example, network level protocols.
 SUID permission:
The SUID permission sets a process's user ID on execution.