It's amazing what you discover whilst working a weekend shift with a bit of time to spare. Whilst perusing through the shell scripts used as part of the Sun in-house built VPN solution (Oracle are giving it the chop in favour of Cisco SSL AnyConnect client which doesn't officially work on Solaris x86 - it does with the help of openconnect though ;-) ), I discovered a little easter egg in ping(1M).
Fire up a terminal and ping a host:
$ ping google.com google.com is alive $
Nothing fancy there and exactly as I expected. However, if you're a Linux/Mac user, this is NOT what you were expecting. So lets make the Linux/Mac users happy with our new little easter egg...
$ export MACHINE_THAT_GOES_PING=1 $ ping google.com PING google.com: 56 data bytes 64 bytes from ww-in-f104.1e100.net (184.108.40.206): icmp_seq=0. time=23.248 ms 64 bytes from ww-in-f104.1e100.net (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=1. time=50.359 ms 64 bytes from ww-in-f104.1e100.net (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=2. time=25.421 ms 64 bytes from ww-in-f104.1e100.net (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=3. time=50.336 ms 64 bytes from ww-in-f104.1e100.net (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=4. time=11.788 ms ^C ----google.com PING Statistics---- 5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip (ms) min/avg/max/stddev = 11.788/32.230/50.359/17.331 $
Now that looks familiar to Linux/Mac users and Solaris users will recognise this as the output you get when using the
So, whilst not really anything amazing, this little undocumented environment variable allows you to get the output Linux/Mac users are used to without the need for setting up an alias of continually remembering to add the
I've only tested this on OpenSolaris so your experience may vary.