Traceroute issue

Bob Johnson bob89 at
Sat Apr 10 07:03:47 PDT 2004

On Friday 09 April 2004 09:51 am, Jeff Coleman <"Jeff Coleman" 
<spirit at>> wrote:
> I am a new user of BSD and have set up a machine to learn on,
> I have version 5.2 on it  and it cannot traceroute out. none of the
> hops resolve
> Pings work fine, and nslookup does as well.

In my experience, this is usually caused by a firewall that blocks 
either the traceroute packets, or the replies to them.  For traceroute 
to work correctly, you must be able to receive ICMP TIME EXCEEDED and 
ICMP PORT UNREACHABLE packets, and the target system must reject 
(rather than accept or silently drop) the query packet that reaches it.  
You must also be able to send UDP packets to arbitrary ports.

If you are not seeing anything at all along a multi-hop path, I suspect 
that you have a firewall blocking incoming ICMP TIME EXCEEDED packets, 
but there are many other possibilities.  If you are running a firewall 
on your system (e.g. IPFW), then try turning it off and doing a 

BSD ping uses ICMP ECHO REQUEST and ECHO RESPONSE packets, so if it is 
working then at least some ICMP packets are getting through.

- Bob

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