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Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:38 PM

how to do a traceroute, to help out Elad and Skinner

Last edited Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:53 AM - Edit history (1)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1259&pid=2446

In that link and others like it in the ATA sub-forum, Elad is asking for help with the intermittent slow page-loading times.

As you see, he's asking for a traceroute when pages load slowly.

Most of you probably know how to do this already. If you do, this is not for you.

For the rest of DU, here's how:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/open-a-command-prompt-window

Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Command Prompt.


Then, type this exactly after the C:\ : tracert 216.158.28.196

ON EDIT: type tracert www.democraticunderground.com instead, my bad.

You then tap the Enter key, and the black window fills up slowly with several lines of information. Wait a minute or so for it to stop completely.

You then right click select all in that black window, and then do CTRL-C to copy the output to your clipboard. Open up a PM to Elad, and do CTRL-P to paste it into the PM.

Those directions should work for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

For Windows 8, follow these directions.

For Mac OSX, follow these directions.

For Linux (for completeness sake), here you go.

Hope this info helps a few and DU, also.

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Reply how to do a traceroute, to help out Elad and Skinner (Original post)
steve2470 Jul 2013 OP
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2013 #1
steve2470 Jul 2013 #2
Make7 Jul 2013 #3
steve2470 Jul 2013 #4
Make7 Jul 2013 #5
steve2470 Jul 2013 #6

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

1. Poor Elad..he asked me to do that yesterday and I failed miserably.

Well, I was a success at failing, actually.

I have Linux.
And the whole Linux page you linked to is gibberish to me.
But I gave it a try, poor Elad was very patient.

Strange bug DU has....is Angent Mike screwing with us?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:59 PM

2. I've done traceroutes 3 times now

They all look pretty normal to my untrained eyes. One router has a slightly higher ping time than the others, but afaik not enough to cause a big problem.

eta: From what I remember, in Linux you open a terminal and do the tracert XYZ thing and hit Enter. I forget how to copy and paste, sigh.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:43 PM

3. OpenDNS lists www.democraticunderground.com registered to the following IP addresses:

216.158.28.195
216.158.28.197
216.158.28.199
216.158.54.195
216.158.54.197

Not sure where you got 216.158.28.196 from, but I think it's an address that used to be listed in one of their previous DNS registrations (although 216.158.28.196 does still go to democraticunderground.com).

If I enter tracert www.democraticunderground.com at a WindowsOS comand prompt it says it is going to 216.158.54.195 (which is listed as election.democraticunderground.com as the destination in the report) via 8 total hops from my location in Southern California.

If I enter tracert 216.158.28.195 the destination is reported as www.democraticunderground.com.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:46 PM

4. I got it from this url:

http://democraticunderground.com.ipaddress.com/

It's now reporting 216.158.28.198 as the IP address.

on edit: I just did a tracert to www.democraticunderground.com myself, and I got 216.158.54.197 as the ip address.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 08:23 PM

5. You should try adding the 'www' to the address.

http://www.democraticunderground.com.ipaddress.com/

That lists it as 216.158.54.195.

I usually use the OpenDNS CacheCheck page to find the IP for a web address - it's nice because it lists the results for various regions.

Interestingly enough, my normal traffic to DU (monitored via WireShark) uses 216.158.54.197 but when I enter tracert www.democraticunderground.com at a command prompt it resolves to 216.158.54.195.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 03:51 AM

6. yes, I will use both next time, thank you :) nt

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