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The full text of the traceroute

  $ traceroute -m 100 216.81.59.173 | awk '{print $2}'
  ... cut ...
  *
  Episode.IV
  A.NEW.HOPE
  It.is.a.period.of.civil.war
  Rebel.spaceships
  striking.from.a.hidden.base
  have.won.their.first.victory
  against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire
  During.the.battle
  Rebel.spies.managed
  to.steal.secret.plans
  to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon
  the.DEATH.STAR
  an.armored.space.station
  with.enough.power.to
  destroy.an.entire.planet
  Pursued.by.the.Empires
  sinister.agents
  Princess.Leia.races.home
  aboard.her.starship
  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans
  that.can.save.her
  people.and.restore
  freedom.to.the.galaxy
  0-------------------0
  0------------------0
  0-----------------0
  0----------------0
  0---------------0
  0--------------0
  0-------------0
  0------------0
  0-----------0
  0----------0
  0---------0
  0--------0
  0-------0
  0------0
  0-----0
  0----0
  0---0
  0--0
  0-0
  00
  I
  By.Ryan.Werber
  When.CCIEs.Get.Bored
  CCIE.38168
  FIN



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    60 read.more.at.beaglenetworks.net (206.214.251.185)  133.716 ms  135.338 ms  136.504 ms
    61  FIN (206.214.251.190)  137.242 ms * *
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This is super brilliant, but why do so much of these things use Star Wars for context? Anything else would be just as cute as less creepily cultic worshipful of one movie series.


Screen dumps bypass the presentation here. Executing from console gives you slowly scrolling text which is the signature opening for the Star Wars series.

Normally, this is just identifying with a known theme, unless one reserves special vitriol for Star Wars for some reason.


You're forgetting that Star Wars was itself a tribute to other shows and movies, Flash Gordon etc. Lots of them had vertical scrolling text explaining what story you were being dropped into, but Star Wars had good film stock so you could read it even as it receded into the distance. (Edit for clarity: This was done on purpose just to show off.) Most of those shows had tiny "ships" floating around on strings, so Star Wars had a giant star destroyer fill the screen. And so on.


I was inspired by looking endlessly at traceroutes slowly scrolling by. Im snowed in and I decided to give it a try. It only uses 2 routers to do this and VRFs.


I'm snowed in too and this made me happy. Thanks!


I suppose if you're going to this level of effort you want geeks of all flavours to appreciate the joke. I imagine Star Wars is probably the best 'rosetta stone' for this purpose.


Because Star Wars has the famous "upwards scroll" title screen.




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