Section: System Manager's Manual (8)
rltraceroute6 - IPv6 traceroute tool
tcptraceroute6 - TCP/IPv6 traceroute tool
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-i iface] [-l packet_size] [-m max_hop] [-p port] [
-q attempts] [-s source] [-t tclass] [-w wait] [
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is an IPv6 traceroute implementation.
It displays the list of hops along the network route between the local system
and specified destination, by sending packets while incrementing their hop
limit, until the final destination is reached.
By default, rltraceroute6 sends UDP probe packets toward the
destination (that's the historical default).
However, it can also send TCP packets, much like Michael C. Toren's
does on IPv4 networks;
sends TCP packets by default (and mimics tcptraceroute command line
Finally, it can also send ICMPv6 Echo Request packets, like some other
traceroute implementations (such as the one in Microsoft Windows);
does this by default.
You must specify the name or address of the host toward which the network
route should be determined. An optional additional parameter specifies either
the probe packets length (for UDP and ICMP packets), or the destination port
number/service name (for TCP packets).
Note that TCP destination port zero really is TCP port numbered 0 (which
cannot be used via the standard higer-level TCP/IP programming interface).
Send TCP/ACK probe packets. That's very efficient against stateless
firewalls (e.g. the official Linux kernel versions up to and including 2.4.31
and 2.6.14), and utterly helpless against stateful ones. Note that TCP/ACK
probing cannot determine whether the destination TCP port is open or not.
Enable socket debugging option (SO_DEBUG). Unless you are debugging the
kernel, this is probably not going to have any actual effect.
Send ECN-setup TCP/SYN probe packets (as per RFC 3168)
rather than non-ECN-setup TCP/SYN probe packets. This has no effect unless
command line optin -S is specified as well.
This option is ignored for backward compatibility.
IPv6 packets are never fragmented en route.
Override the initial IPv6 packets hop limit (default: 1).
Add an IPv6 route segment within an IPv6 Routing Header.
This enables loose source routing.
Currently, only "Type 0" routing header is supported.
Display some help and exit.
- -I (rltraceroute6 only)
Send ICMPv6 Echo requests (like ping6) as probe packets.
That's the default for tracert6.
Only send packets through the specified interface.
See also BUGS.
- -I (rltraceroute6 only)
Send UDP-Lite (protocol 136) packets (with full checksum coverage)
as probe packets instead of normal UDP (protocol 17).
- -l (rltraceroute6 only)
Print the hop limit of received packets.
This is mostly used to detect asymmetric routing.
- -l (tcptraceroute6 only)
Specify the size (bytes) of sent packets.
Override the maximum hop limit (maximum number of hops).
The default is 30 hops which should be sufficient on the IPv6 Internet for
Try to resolve each hop's IPv6 address to a host name. This is the default.
This option is meant for backward compatibility with tcptraceroute(8).
Do not try to resolve each hop's IPv6 address to a host name.
That may speed up the traceroute significantly.
For rltraceroute6, specify the base destination port number (default: 33434).
rltraceroute6 assumes that packets toward this port up to this port plus the
maximum hop limit are not in use by any program on the final destination
and that they are not blocked by some firewall. The fact that this very
assumption was not always correct, eventually lead to the development of the
original IPv4 tcptraceroute by Michael Toren.
For tcptraceroute6, specify the source port number (default: auto).
Note that source port number zero really means number zero, rather than some
port number that would be automatically assigned, as is the case with usual
Override the number of probes sent to each hop (default: 3).
Do not route packets, i.e. do not send packets through a gateway that would be
specified by the routing table.
See also BUGS.
Use TCP/SYN probe packets. That's the default for tcptraceroute6.
Specify the source address to use for probe packets explicitly.
Use UDP probe packets. That's the default for rltraceroute6.
Specify the traffic class (DSCP) for probe packets.
See also BUGS.
- -U (rltraceroute6 only)
Send UDP probe packets. That's the default.
Display program version and license and exit.
Override the delay (in seconds) to wait for response once a given probe packet
was sent (default: 5 seconds).
This option is ignored for seamless migration from IPv4 traceroute.
The IPv6 header has no checksum field.
Specify a milliseconds delay to wait between each probe
with identical hop limit.
This can be useful to work-around ICMPv6 rate limitation on some hosts.
If a response is received, the round-trip time is printed.
In addition, specific symbols denote certain errors:
- * No response
No valid response received before the timeout delay (see -w option).
- !N No route to destination
There is no entry for the destination network in the routing table.
- !A Communication with destination administratively prohibited
A firewall explicitly rejected the traffic.
- !S Beyond scope of source address
The address scope of the source address is too small to reach the
destination address. At the time of writing, this can only happen when
using a link-local source address to reach a global scope destination.
(Note: some IPv4 traceroute implementations use !S for source route
error which is completely different)
- !H Address unreachable
The host address is not reachable for some other reasons,
particularly a link-layer failure (e.g. Neighbor discovery failure).
- !P Unrecognized Next Header type encountered
The destination does not implement the layer-4 protocol used.
You should retry with ICMPv6 Echo Requests (-I command line option)
which MUST be supported by any IPv6 node.
rltraceroute6 should be setuid root
to allow use by non
privileged users. It will drop its root privileges before any attempt
is made to send or receive data from the network so as to reduce the possible
impact of a security vulnerability.
However useful they might be, -i and -r options are ignored by the
official Linux kernel at the time of writing this manpage,
and hence do not work as documented.
Support for option -t was broken until Linux kernel version 2.6.18.
Usage of Routing Header, with option -g, triggers an OOPS on Linux kernel
versions below 22.214.171.124.
Receiving TCP/SYN-ACK packets does not work on FreeBSD at all.
This severely limits the usefulness of tcptraceroute6 on FreeBSD.
Packet length takes the IPv6 header and, if present, extension headers
rltraceroute6 versions before 0.7.4 used it as IPv6 payload length instead,
i.e. did not include the layer-3 headers in the computation.
Linux iputils traceroute6 does not even include the UDP header.
On the whole, the packet length semantic is very inconsistent among IPv6
R33mi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab dot net>