Finding machines in a particular subnet

Posted on 2000-04-12
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have a machine whose IP is a.b.c.d and wish to locate all other machines whose IP starts with a.b
Is there a command, either on NT or UNIX, that will do this for me recursively?
Question by:rsorrent
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Expert Comment

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You might be able to do it with snoop/tcpdump, but the following scripts should also do the job.

Build a list of valid addresses, excluding 0, 254 & 255 ("specials")
while [ $i -lt 254 ]
  while [ $j -lt 254 ]
    echo "a.b."$i"."$j >> /tmp/possible

Now try to ping the possibles:
for ADDRESS in `cat /tmp/possible`
  RESPONSE=`ping $ADDRESS | grep Reply`
  # NB, ping is OS dependent, e.g. in
  # HP-UX you must add the option
  # "-c count", or it will retry the
  # ping indefinitely
  if [ ! X$RESPONSE = X ] ; then
     echo $ADDRESS >> /tmp/responses
     echo $ADDRESS >> /tmp/noresponse

/tmp/responses will then be a list of all devices that are alive & have an IP address in that range, including Unix boxes, PCs, print servers etc. I guess the next step is to try to classify them...

/tmp/noresponse would be possible free IP addresses - assuming the device isn't switched off :(

Accepted Solution

sgoldgaber earned 200 total points
ID: 2710392
NMAP is a tool that can do what you want and much much much more:

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