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has the benefit of being a bit more cross-platform.
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Get just the IP address for a given hostname. For best results, make this a function in your shell rc file so that it can be used for things like traceroute:
Titus:~$ traceroute `getip foo.com`
traceroute to 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
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