Getting IP addresses for remote nodes

July 29, 2010

I recently had the need to get the ip address for a remote node. Wait, scratch that.. I had to get the IP addresses for about 60 remote nodes. You’re right… I probably could have typed

nslookup targetNode

60 times. But I am a programmer! SO I decided to pass my choir off to a shell script. If you have a similar need, read on! The script is simple, just add all target nodes as a space separated list, and run the file.


author: Edward A Webb (

license: Just use it! its like 10 lines of shell script…

add your actual nodes here…..

nodes=( gonzo fenway einstein yogurt toxic babmbi rambo donna INXS etc… )

ips=( ) # placeholder for results

printf “\t Determing IP addresses for provided nodes \n ignore these lines…\n” for (( i = 0 ; i < ${#nodes[@]} ; i++ )) do str=$(nslookup ${nodes[$i]} | tail –lines=2 | head –lines=1) ips[$i]=$(echo $str | cut -f 2 -d " “)


printf “\t COMPLETE\n Here are the results you care about..\n”

for (( i = 0 ; i < ${#ips[@]} ; i++ )) do echo address for ${nodes[$i]} is ${ips[$i]} | tee -a ip_results.txt done

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