WHAT IS MTR?
mtr combines the functionality of the 'traceroute' and 'ping' programs
in a single network diagnostic tool.
As mtr starts, it investigates the network connection between the host
mtr runs on and a user-specified destination host. After it
determines the address of each network hop between the machines,
it sends a sequence ICMP ECHO requests to each one to determine the
quality of the link to each machine. As it does this, it prints
running statistics about each machine.
mtr is distributed under the GNU General Public License.
See the COPYING file for details.
Slightly more hints are in the file INSTALL. If this doesn't work
you could try reading that too....
Compiling mtr should be as simple as:
It should first call the "configure" script and then run "make" again
with the makefile that "configure" just generated.
After compiling, install:
Note that mtr must be suid-root because it requires access to raw IP
sockets. See SECURITY for security information.
If you want to build a version that doesn't use GTK, but if you
DO have GTK installed, you can use
It seems the --no_gtk (whatever) doesn't work. Feel free to submit
a patch for this, I'm not that familiar with autoconf (it works for
On Solaris (and possibly other systems) the "gtk" library may be
installed in a directory where the dynamic linker refuses to look when
a binary is setuid. Roman Shterenzon reports that adding
to the commandline will work if you are using gnu LD. He tells me that
you're out of luck when you use the sun LD. That's not quite true, as
you can move the gtk libraries to /usr/lib instead of leaving them in
/usr/local/lib. (when the ld tells you that /usr/local/lib is untrusted
and /usr/lib is trusted, and you trust hte gtk libs enough to want them
in a setuid program, then there is something to say for moving them
to the "trusted" directory.)
On Solaris, linking usually fails to find "wattr" or something like that.
Somehow, I can't seem to be able to automate "configure" finding the right
libs on Solaris. So, the solution is that you cut-and-paste the line
doing the linking into a terminal window, and add "-lcurses" by hand.
Then it will link. Help on how to catch this in autoconf appreciated.
WHERE CAN I GET THE LATEST VERSION OR MORE INFORMATION?
See the mtr web page at
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Bug reports and feature requests should be submitted into the
jitterbug bug-tracking system at http://www.BitWizard.nl/cgi-bin/mtr .
If you don't have web-access, mail the mailinglist.
Patches can be submitted by Email to me, or submitted to the
bug tracking system. Please use unified diffs.