Managing Network File Systems in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: July 2014

snoop Command

The snoop command is used to monitor packets on the network. The snoop command must be run as the root user. The use of this command is a good way to ensure that the network hardware is functioning on both the client and the server.

Use the following command syntax to monitor packets on the network:

# snoop [ -d device ] [ –o filename ] [ host hostname ]

–d device

Specifies the local network interface

–o filename

Stores all the captured packets into the named file


Displays packets going to and from a specific host only

The –d device option is useful on servers that have multiple network interfaces. You can use many expressions other than setting the host. A combination of command expressions with grep can often generate data that is specific enough to be useful. For more information about the available options, see the snoop (1M) man page.

When troubleshooting, make sure that packets are going to and from the proper host. Also, look for error messages. Saving the packets to a file can simplify the review of the data.