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CMD:  “tracert” and not “traceroute”

Posted on 2011-03-06
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Happy Sunday..  I was showing a worker the commands that we use to trace and ping to solve customer issues.  

I was asked why do we use "tracert" and not "traceroute"?  I could only answer that it is shorted but I know that can't just be the reason.  Any legit answers to this questions?
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Question by:Maliki Hassani
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by:Darren Sharples
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I thought traceroute was a router os command.
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Back in pure DOS days and Windows 3.x, all filenames were restricted to 8 characters + a 3 character extension 8.3, so the traceroute command was shortened to tracert.exe

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by:Maliki Hassani
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Hmm..  both sounds good.  
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by:Tonypeswani
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First off, 'traceroute' and 'tracert' are the *same* program. What is happening is  that 'traceroute' is using the traditional UDP packets to perform the trace, while running 'tracert' invokes the use of ICMP echo packets (like the Windows program of that name). Since not all systems respond to the ICMP echo requests, those nodes are showing as "* * *" rather than having valid data as with 'traceroute'.

Note that you should get exactly the same results using 'traceroute -I' as you get with 'tracert
:) Thank you
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by:Maliki Hassani
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So when I asked my boss he gave me this hint:

"If a traceroute is continuing on into forever without stopping, use the break command by hitting ctrl and c at the same time."

Not sure if this changes anything..
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by:Maliki Hassani
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Tonypeswani:
When I type in traceroute www.google.com it doesn't work.  I thought that traceroute wasn't used in the dos command window?  Only tracert...
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