they essentially do the same – testing the router packages take to a certain destination – meassure time to travel.

apt-get install iputils-tracepath; # to install tracepath on debian8, Tools to trace the network path to a remote host

strangeness under suse12

user@suse12:~> traceroute yahoo.de
Absolute path to 'traceroute' is '/usr/sbin/traceroute', so running it may require superuser privileges (eg. root).
user@suse12:~> tracepath yahoo.de
Absolute path to 'tracepath' is '/usr/sbin/tracepath', so running it may require superuser privileges (eg. root).

# when specifying the full path - you CAN run it as non-root user... don't ask me why :-D
user@suse12:~> /usr/sbin/traceroute yahoo.de

sample output:

user@Debian8:~$ tracepath yahoo.de
 1?: [LOCALHOST]                                         pmtu 1500
 1:  172.20.0.1                                            0.839ms
 1:  172.20.0.1                                            0.916ms
 2:  hsi-kbw-37-49-88-1.hsi14.kabel-badenwuerttemberg.de  16.580ms
 3:  172.30.24.49                                         11.699ms
 4:  de-fra01b-rc1-ae57-0.aorta.net                      133.043ms asymm 13
 5:  no reply
 6:  no reply
 7:  us-was02a-rd2-ae105-0.aorta.net                     125.066ms
 8:  us-was03a-ri1-ae10-0.aorta.net                      130.044ms
 9:  exchange-cust1.dc2.equinix.net                      129.534ms
10:  ae-4-0.pat1.nyc.yahoo.com                           120.216ms asymm  9
11:  ae-0.pat1.bfw.yahoo.com                             131.447ms asymm 10
12:  unknown-74-6-227-x.yahoo.com                        127.309ms asymm 11
13:  et-0-1-0.clr2-a-gdc.bf1.yahoo.com                   127.229ms asymm 12
14:  no reply
15:  no reply
16:  no reply
17:  no reply
18:  no reply
19:  no reply
20:  no reply
21:  no reply
22:  no reply
23:  no reply
24:  no reply
25:  no reply
26:  no reply
27:  no reply
28:  no reply
29:  no reply
30:  no reply
     Too many hops: pmtu 1500
     Resume: pmtu 1500


user@Debian8:~$ traceroute yahoo.de
traceroute to yahoo.de (74.6.50.24), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  172.20.0.1 (172.20.0.1)  0.588 ms  0.714 ms  0.873 ms
 2  hsi-kbw-37-49-88-1.hsi14.kabel-badenwuerttemberg.de (37.49.88.1)  13.603 ms  14.626 ms  15.284 ms
 3  172.30.24.49 (172.30.24.49)  16.163 ms  16.153 ms  16.143 ms
 4  de-fra01b-rc1-ae57-0.aorta.net (84.116.190.105)  131.605 ms  132.731 ms *
 5  * * *
 6  * * *
 7  * us-was02a-rd2-ae105-0.aorta.net (84.116.130.66)  126.856 ms  130.320 ms
 8  us-was03a-ri1-ae10-0.aorta.net (84.116.130.174)  130.888 ms  130.170 ms  131.595 ms
 9  exchange-cust1.dc2.equinix.net (206.126.236.16)  132.819 ms  128.698 ms  128.484 ms
10  ae-4-0.pat1.nyc.yahoo.com (216.115.104.121)  118.093 ms  118.831 ms  118.905 ms
11  ae-0.pat1.bfw.yahoo.com (216.115.111.24)  136.820 ms  134.304 ms ae-0.pat2.bfw.yahoo.com (216.115.111.30)  128.335 ms
12  et-18-1-0.msr1.bf1.yahoo.com (74.6.227.47)  123.422 ms unknown-74-6-227-x.yahoo.com (74.6.227.65)  124.525 ms unknown-74-6-227-x.yahoo.com (74.6.227.67)  128.353 ms
13  unknown-74-6-122-x.yahoo.com (74.6.122.59)  129.054 ms unknown-74-6-122-x.yahoo.com (74.6.122.89)  129.494 ms et-0-1-0.clr1-a-gdc.bf1.yahoo.com (74.6.122.13)  126.251 ms
14  po8.fab3-1-gdc.bf1.yahoo.com (72.30.22.37)  126.091 ms po7.fab7-1-gdc.bf1.yahoo.com (72.30.22.13)  144.058 ms po7.fab4-1-gdc.bf1.yahoo.com (72.30.22.7)  131.725 ms
15  po-13.bas1-10-prd.bf1.yahoo.com (69.147.72.137)  129.346 ms po-12.bas1-10-prd.bf1.yahoo.com (69.147.72.135)  123.492 ms po-14.bas2-10-prd.bf1.yahoo.com (69.147.72.157)  129.487 ms
16  aviate.yahoo.com (74.6.50.24)  128.571 ms  125.641 ms  129.173 ms

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