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Traceroute of the year

Michael Haines (probably inspired by my data center design and recent tweet) sent me the best traceroute hint I've ever seen. Do traceroute obiwan.scrye.net and you'll see something like this:

$ traceroute obiwan.scrye.net

[... deleted for obvious reasons ...]

19  episode.iv (206.214.251.1)  206.486 ms  323.545 ms  206.654 ms
20  a.new.hope (206.214.251.6)  288.837 ms  303.642 ms  308.079 ms
21  it.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9)  309.320 ms  227.698 ms  219.539 ms
22  rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14)  214.154 ms  256.881 ms  212.529 ms
23  striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17)  222.164 ms  282.100 ms  204.166 ms
24  have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22)  205.408 ms  207.542 ms  302.424 ms
25  against.the.evil.galactic.empire (206.214.251.25)  206.217 ms  205.931 ms  303.586 ms
26  during.the.battle (206.214.251.30)  307.077 ms  211.312 ms  299.652 ms
27  rebel.spies.managed (206.214.251.33)  205.054 ms  306.513 ms  205.874 ms
28  to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38)  305.222 ms  307.695 ms  306.921 ms
29  to.the.empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41)  204.736 ms  275.305 ms  209.113 ms
30  the.death.star (206.214.251.46)  208.665 ms  227.215 ms  306.407 ms
31  an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49)  305.907 ms  306.503 ms  310.138 ms
32  with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54)  205.821 ms  208.148 ms  300.367 ms
33  destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57)  205.214 ms  303.318 ms  207.382 ms
34  pursued.by.the.empires (206.214.251.62)  208.125 ms  208.215 ms  295.759 ms
35  sinister.agents (206.214.251.65)  208.212 ms  207.143 ms  208.217 ms
36  princess.leia.races.home (206.214.251.70)  300.403 ms  303.386 ms  307.701 ms
37  aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73)  308.213 ms  307.337 ms  306.816 ms
38  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78)  306.882 ms  208.147 ms  405.166 ms
39  that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81)  308.928 ms  303.670 ms  308.575 ms
40  people.and.restore (206.214.251.86)  307.372 ms  307.496 ms  305.021 ms
41  freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89)  308.899 ms  305.401 ms  409.813 ms
42  0-----i-------i-----0 (206.214.251.94)  206.504 ms  303.593 ms  205.341 ms
43  0------------------0 (206.214.251.97)  206.270 ms  307.579 ms  206.226 ms
44  0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102)  302.862 ms  204.498 ms  205.443 ms
45  0----------------0 (206.214.251.105)  207.990 ms  208.173 ms  297.805 ms
46  0---------------0 (206.214.251.110)  307.357 ms  305.620 ms  313.519 ms
47  0--------------0 (206.214.251.113)  301.488 ms  306.352 ms  308.996 ms
48  0-------------0 (206.214.251.118)  308.197 ms  413.161 ms  298.386 ms
49  0------------0 (206.214.251.121)  207.257 ms  303.153 ms  207.854 ms
50  0-----------0 (206.214.251.126)  209.602 ms  301.179 ms  308.224 ms
51  0----------0 (206.214.251.129)  205.918 ms  207.449 ms  213.599 ms
52  0---------0 (206.214.251.134)  290.614 ms  306.725 ms  307.185 ms
53  0--------0 (206.214.251.137)  309.433 ms  288.190 ms  223.185 ms
54  0-------0 (206.214.251.142)  307.028 ms  308.050 ms  303.371 ms
55  0------0 (206.214.251.145)  310.717 ms  304.586 ms  304.721 ms
56  0-----0 (206.214.251.150)  208.650 ms  206.937 ms  208.065 ms
57  0----0 (206.214.251.153)  304.599 ms  204.394 ms  204.809 ms
58  0---0 (206.214.251.158)  205.165 ms  204.376 ms  204.969 ms
59  0--0 (206.214.251.161)  300.402 ms  305.073 ms  312.107 ms
60  0-0 (206.214.251.166)  306.595 ms  304.578 ms  305.932 ms
61  00 (206.214.251.169)  205.960 ms  206.732 ms  208.102 ms
62  i (206.214.251.174)  302.522 ms  206.184 ms  346.185 ms
63  by.ryan.werber (206.214.251.177)  261.362 ms  314.415 ms  205.571 ms
64  blizzards.breed.ccie.creativity (206.214.251.182)  301.746 ms  306.496 ms  205.822 ms

2013-10-27: Nick B. shared another easter egg: if you do IPv6 traceroute, you get the Episode 6 opening crawl mixed with a pinch of Monty Python and CCIE Prince of Bel Air. Really nice.

 13 EPISODE.VI (2001:470:5:C77::1) 176 msec 172 msec 172 msec
 14 Luke.Skywalker.has.returned.to (2001:470:5:C77::6) 176 msec 176 msec 172 msec
 15 his.home.planet.of.Tatooine.in (2001:470:5:C77::9) 172 msec 192 msec 172 msec
 16 an.attempt.to.rescue.his (2001:470:5:C77::E) 176 msec 172 msec 176 msec
 17 friend.Han.Solo.from.the (2001:470:5:C77::11) 176 msec 196 msec 176 msec
 18 clutches.of.the.vile.gangster (2001:470:5:C77::16) 172 msec 176 msec 172 msec
 19 Jabba.the.Hutt (2001:470:5:C77::19) 176 msec 172 msec 176 msec
 20 Little.does.Luke.know.that.the (2001:470:5:C77::1E) 172 msec 196 msec 188 msec
 21 GALACTIC.EMPIRE.has.secretly (2001:470:5:C77::21) 172 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 22 begun.construction.on.a.new (2001:470:5:C77::26) 192 msec 176 msec 204 msec
 23 armored.space.station.even (2001:470:5:C77::29) 184 msec 176 msec 196 msec
 24 more.powerful.than.the.first (2001:470:5:C77::2E) 204 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 25 dreaded.Death.Star (2001:470:5:C77::31) 176 msec 204 msec 172 msec
 26 When.completed.this.ultimate (2001:470:5:C77::36) 192 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 27 weapon.will.spell.certain.doom (2001:470:5:C77::39) 196 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 28 for.the.small.band.of.rebels (2001:470:5:C77::3E) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 29 struggling.to.restore.freedom (2001:470:5:C77::41) 180 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 30 to.the.galaxy (2001:470:5:C77::46) 180 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 31 0-------------------0 (2001:470:5:C77::49) 184 msec 180 msec 176 msec
 32 And.Now.For.Something.Completely.Different (2001:470:5:C77::4E) 172 msec 172 msec 176 msec
 33 Now.this.is.the.story.all.about.how (2001:470:5:C77::51) 176 msec 180 msec 208 msec
 34 My.life.got.flipped.turned.upside.down (2001:470:5:C77::56) 176 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 35 And.Id.like.to.take.a.minute.just.sit.right.there (2001:470:5:C77::59) 176 msec 176 msec 196 msec
 36 Ill.tell.you.how.I.became.the.prince.of.a.town.called.Bel-air (2001:470:5:C77::5E) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 37 In.west.Philadelphia.born.and.raised (2001:470:5:C77::61) 176 msec 188 msec 204 msec
 38 On.the.playground.where.I.spent.most.of.my.days (2001:470:5:C77::66) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 39 Chilling.out.maxing.relaxing.all.cool (2001:470:5:C77::69) 180 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 40 And.all.shooting.some.b-ball.outside.of.the.school (2001:470:5:C77::6E) 180 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 41 When.a.couple.of.guys.they.were.up.to.no.good (2001:470:5:C77::71) 172 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 42 Started.making.trouble.in.my.neighbourhood (2001:470:5:C77::76) 180 msec 180 msec 200 msec
 43 I.got.in.one.little.fight.and.my.mom.got.scared (2001:470:5:C77::79) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 44 And.said.Youre.moving.with.your.auntie.and.uncle.in.Bel-air (2001:470:5:C77::7E) 188 msec 180 msec 176 msec
 45 I.whistled.for.a.cab.and.when.it.came.near.the (2001:470:5:C77::81) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 46 License.plate.said.CCIE.and.had.a.dice.in.the.mirror (2001:470:5:C77::86) 204 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 47 If.anything.I.could.say.that.this.cab.was.rare (2001:470:5:C77::89) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 48 But.I.thought.nah.forget.it.yo.homes.to.Bel-air (2001:470:5:C77::8E) 176 msec 176 msec 176 msec
 49 I.pulled.up.to.a.house.about.seven.or.eight (2001:470:5:C77::91) 184 msec 180 msec 176 msec
 50 And.I.yelled.to.the.cabby.Yo.homes.smell.you.later (2001:470:5:C77::96) 180 msec 192 msec 176 msec
 51 Looked.at.my.kingdom.I.was.finally.there (2001:470:5:C77::99) 172 msec 176 msec 180 msec
 52 To.sit.on.my.throne.as.the.prince.of.Bel-air (2001:470:5:C77::9E) 184 msec 196 msec 180 msec
 53 By.Ryan.Werber.Beaglenetworks.net (2001:470:5:C77::A1) 180 msec 176 msec 180 msec

And finally ... I cannot get rid of line wrap in PRE element on Safari (Firefox works great). Any (tested) suggestions?

11 comments:

  1. Use traceroute -m 255 to see beyond 64th(or 30th) hop.

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  2. Also try IPv6 traceroute :)

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    1. This is what I did by default. v6 has 2x the fun!!!

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  3. (I am the author)
    Use -m 255 on unix/linux, /h 255 on windows for the whole story..

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  4. Give a CCIE w/ creativity a class C to play around with and this is what you get. Nice.

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  5. Interesting way to waste public address space, lucky were not running out or anything....

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    1. We are not running out - the fat pig defense agencies, universities and obsolete corporations (like Kodak and Xerox) should give back all the Juicy /8's they have been holding hostage since the last Queen Concert.

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  6. @hop 101 Rickrolling starts too... LOOL!

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  7. The story behind it:
    http://beaglenetworks.net/post/42707829171/star-wars-traceroute

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