Show the routing tables on Mac / Linux

In a project we at vBridge are working on, we rely on a Virtual Private Network to link our connected devices, certain servers, and our webapp together. I had an issue where a specific server in the 10.55/24 range was nog being reachable.

While debugging the issue — going deeper into the rabbit hole called the 5 Whys — I eventually needed to verify if the proper routing tables from the VPN connection had been set up or not. To do so, I used netstat:

$ netstat -nr
Routing tables

Destination        Gateway            Flags        Netif Expire
default         UGSc           en0       
default            link#19            UCSI        utun10    
10.77/16           UGSc        utun10          UH          utun10       
127                UCS            lo0          UH             lo0       
169.254            link#5             UCS            en0      !
192.168.83         link#5             UCS            en0      !    link#5             UCS            en0      !
…    ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff  UHLWbI         en0      ! link#19            UCSI        utun10      


As you can see, the 10.55/24 route indeed wasn’t registered indeed, explaining why the host wasn’t reachable.

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