Can someone explain me what the out put of route -n?

# route -n 
Kernel IP routing table 
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface         UG    0      0        0 eth1       U     0      0        0 lo     U     0      0        0 eth1   U     0      0        0 eth1
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    man route is all you need. – cuonglm May 19 '13 at 17:08
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    route is deprecated on linux, use ip route instead. – BatchyX May 19 '13 at 17:17

Your table is basically saying:

If you want to reach another host with an IP address

  • starting with 192.168.0 -> send it to interface eth1
  • starting with 169.254 -> send it to interface eth1
  • starting with 127 -> send it to interface lo
  • else send it to your router (

The route command is a legacy command you should use the iproute tool instead.

For a more basic introduction you can start with the Wikipedia article about Routing Tables.

  • Hey @michas thanks by the explanation, what I'm trying to achieve is a load balance on opensuse 12.3, I got two internet connection one is from my shared building internet, it's pluged to a router on port WAN and I'm connected to the router with eth0 pluged at port LAN1, the other is my own internet cable it's pluged on a router wifi and it's connected with wlan0 and I got a 3rd one That I intent to use for my local Lan, which will be available for the other devices at my home, this is eth1 pluged to another router. I want all that Local Lan to go through a proxy squid. – Felipe Dos Santos Miranda May 19 '13 at 23:36
  • 'route command is a legacy command', according to who? – Donato Dec 5 '19 at 22:13

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