Wonderful tool traceroute monitor

There is one traceroute option which you might not have noticed so far: It is the monitor. I use this option during packet drop issues from time to time to see if there is any hop on the path which might be causing some drop or latency. It is extremely handy and you can also modify your monitoring parameters. I believe this is a very useful troubleshooting option. The column names are also intuitive but you can take a look at the documentation here for this command if you like.

This command helped you in any troubleshooting, then drop here a comment!

According to Matt’s comment, both Linux and FreeBSD has this tool. For more info about the tool and its history check the wiki page. Tool was originally called Matt’s traceroute due to its first writer 🙂 On an ubuntu host, “apt-get install mtr” will bring you this handy tool in a few seconds!

3 thoughts on “Wonderful tool traceroute monitor

  1. Matt Guenard

    Great tool!! Really I love this so much, and knowing Junos is BSD based, I figured that there must be a variant of this tool for Linux. Using ubuntu as my primary desktop at the office I found mtr. I’ve uninstalled the traditional traceroute and have created, alias traceroute=”mgr”.

    I just wanted to thank you for bringing this to our attention!

      1. rtoodtoo Post author

        Thanks for the feedback Matt. I have updated the post with your feedback. I hadn’t checked that it is also available on Linux.



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