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[mininet-discuss] Is there a way of sending actual data through the mininet nodes?

Sumanth MS sumanth at
Mon Oct 10 07:09:45 PDT 2011

Thanks  Alex for the suggestion of starting apache :)
But after I start apache on the Virtual OS, it is like Apache is running on
the entire Virtual system and on all the nodes of the mininet network.
So if i try to stop apache and start on one of the hosts(or nodes) by
opening  a separate terminal for that node itself, apache gets started for
all the nodes. And also when I try to do a wget from one of the node's
terminal it does not work. But a wget from the Openflow Virtual OS does
Anyone knows if this can be made to work i.e. if apache can be started on
one of the nodes and a wget used to get data packets from that node on to
another node.

Thanks & Best Regards

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM, Alex Reimers <alex at> wrote:

> You could do something like start apache on one of the hosts and have
> another one wget the URL.
> -Alex
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM, Sumanth MS <suind2020 at> wrote:
>> Thanks Brandon for the reply.
>> I tried pinging with various sizes, but what I want to try out and what I
>> meant by actual data is something like  a message or an email.
>> Best Regards
>> Sumanth
>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 7:57 PM, Brandon Heller <brandonh at>wrote:
>>> I'm not sure what you mean by "actual data", but you can send pings of
>>> varying size using the ping program, or construct  arbitrary crafted packets
>>> using a program like scapy, in Python.  Virtual hosts in Mininet are like
>>> real Linux hosts, so any program that generates packets will work.
>>> -b
>>> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM, Sumanth MS <suind2020 at> wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I am trying to test a setup in which I want to send actual data through
>>>> the mininet nodes.(like some data/message which has to traverse from one
>>>> node to the other).
>>>> Can this be done using mininet? If so what is the approach one has to
>>>> take to program such a thing? Can someone give some pointers or links using
>>>> which I can program such a thing?
>>>> Thanks & Best Regards
>>>> Sumanth
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