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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.
  2. Also try IPv6 traceroute :)
    Replies
    1. This is what I did by default. v6 has 2x the fun!!!
  3. (I am the author)
    Use -m 255 on unix/linux, /h 255 on windows for the whole story..
  4. Give a CCIE w/ creativity a class C to play around with and this is what you get. Nice.
  5. Interesting way to waste public address space, lucky were not running out or anything....
    Replies
    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.
  6. @hop 101 Rickrolling starts too... LOOL!
  7. The story behind it:
    http://beaglenetworks.net/post/42707829171/star-wars-traceroute
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