Take too quick a look at mtr and you’ll miss out on a terrific little tool for the console.
I’d like to give a brief explanation of what mtr does, but more than likely I would leave something important out. The man page suggests it’s a combination of traceroute and ping, but my hunch is it’s useful beyond that.
My favorite features? I’m glad you asked. …
- adjustable refresh rate
- three different display modes
- adjustable field order
- two different detail modes
… and there’s a lot more, if you poke around a little bit.
Programs like mtr are definite keepers. I may not use it very much — I think once a month is my going rate — but it’s fun to watch, and tinker with.