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Traceroute is the program that shows you the route over the network between two systems, listing all the intermediate routers a connection must pass through to get to its destination. It can help you determine why your connections to a given server might be poor, and can often help you figure out where exactly the problem is. It also shows you how systems are connected to each other, letting you see how your ISP connects to the Internet as well as how the target system is connected. Traceroute is not installed by default in MEPIS 8, but is available from the repos.


To run traceroute, open a terminal and type:


Here is some sample output from the first link below:

traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1  rbrt3 (  4.867 ms  4.893 ms  3.449 ms
2  519.Hssi2-0-0.GW1.EWR1.ALTER.NET (  6.918 ms  8.721 ms  16.476 ms
3  113.ATM3-0.XR2.EWR1.ALTER.NET (  6.323 ms  6.123 ms  7.011 ms
4  192.ATM2-0.TR2.EWR1.ALTER.NET (  6.955 ms  15.400 ms  6.684 ms
5  105.ATM6-0.TR2.DFW4.ALTER.NET (  49.105 ms  49.921 ms  47.371 ms
6  298.ATM7-0.XR2.DFW4.ALTER.NET (  48.162 ms  48.052 ms  47.565 ms
7  194.ATM9-0-0.GW1.DFW1.ALTER.NET (  47.886 ms  47.380 ms  50.690 ms
8  iadfw3-gw.customer.ALTER.NET (  69.827 ms  68.112 ms  66.859 ms
9 (  174.853 ms  163.945 ms  147.501 ms

By default, traceroute makes 30 "hops" (jumps from server to server down the line). Follow the first link below on how to read and use the output.

There is also a package that combines traceroute and ping available from the repos called mtr that presents the output in a very readable GUI.


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