A tool commonly used to test the reachability of a given host, either on the internet or in a local network.

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How can i check that a remote computer is online for ssh / script acess?

i'm writting a script that will backup data from my laptop to an ubuntu server. to do so, i'm looking for a (ba)sh command to test if the server is available before starting the backup. something like ...
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Redhat Enterprise Linux 4.7 - Ping problem

When I try to ping some of the IP addresses I get "connect: No buffer space is available" error. Also when I check /var/log/messages, there are some errors like as following printk: 99 messages ...