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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What could DUP mean when using ping?

What could DUP mean when using ping?
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Faster way than ping for checking if computer online?

I'm writing a wake on lan script for a set of our lab computers. We have sqlite db with a list of the computer hostnames, IPs, and MACs and currently I ping each of them with '-c1' so it doesn't run ...
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Can one ping a NIC by MAC

I have an NIC card on a Debian machine somewhere. The machine is turned off, but I need to know whether the NIC card is turned on so that I can send a wake-on-lan magic packet later (from another ...
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How to redirect the output of any command?

I'm trying to write a simple script to monitor my network status, without all of ping's output: ping -q -c 1 google.com > /dev/null && echo online || echo offline The problem is that ...
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Check ping statistics without stopping

Is there a way to tell ping to show its usual termination statistics without stopping the execution? For instance, I'd like to quickly view: --- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics --- 2410 packets transmitted, ...
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Why can't I ping Google?

I can't ping google.com (unknown host). But I can ping IP addresses. I tried to ping the IP address of Google but it doesn't work. resolv.conf nameserver 8.8.8.8 nameserver 209.139.209.33 ...
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Why the difference between network addresses reported by hostname and ping?

I have tried hostname and ping in a cluster machine, with different outputs. I am wondering what is the difference between the two? For example, on the same machine, hostname outputs node4.XXX and ...
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What prevents a machine from responding to pings?

I have a CentOS release 5.4 linux box on Amazon EC2 that I'm trying to set up to be monitored via Nagios. The machine is in the same security group as the nagios server, but it seems to be ...
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Why is ping much faster when using -f

I'm pinging the same host from the same machine at the same time. And when using -f, the result is almost twice as good: [root@localhost Desktop]# ping 196.1.6.16 PING 196.1.6.16 (196.1.6.16) 56(84) ...
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Is there an ICMP echo request service?

Often, in applications that I develop, I like to include a network status indicator for various devices on the network. The easiest way to monitor these devices is by pinging them. But ICMP echoes are ...
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ping to send 0 bytes

Is it possible for ping command in Linux(CentOS) to send 0 bytes. In windows one can define using -l argument command tried ping localhost -s 0 PING localhost (127.0.0.1) 0(28) bytes of data. ...
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“internet connection checker one-liner”

With this I can check, that there is "internet connection". if there is no "internet connection" (succesfull pings to this 2 places), then it waits 600 sec, then it runs along: ping -W 1 -c 4 ...
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root owned program with setuid bit on

Ping is a a program owned by root with the user id bit set. $ ls -l `which ping` -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 35752 Nov 4 2011 /bin/ping As I understand it, if a user runs the ping process, then the ...
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Can't ping broadcast

We're running four computers connected to a hub (yes a hub not a switch) on Fedora 13. They were installed using images from a colleague that has recently left us to go back to school, they may have ...
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My Ping command does not seem to ever finish. Does that mean it is suceeeding?

I am pinging a remote IP. I know very little about the Ping command. When I ping the IP, it keeps going and going... I am not using the -t option. Me$ ping 137.30.124.104 PING 137.30.124.104 ...
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Is there some way I can start a (repeating) ping while the network is unreachable?

My ping command (on Debian 6 or 7) will repeatedly attempt to ping a server even while the network is down, if the network was up when it was started. Is there some way to start ping while the network ...
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SSH to two addresses, use the one that connects first

I have a home computer (let’s call it franklin because that’s what I call it) that I often ssh into from my work laptop. When I’m at home, I ssh to franklin.local, and when I’m at work or anywhere ...
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How does traceroute resolve names?

While writing a script, I wanted to reference a machine by the computer name that I gave it (e.g. "selenium-rc"). I could not ping it using "selenium-rc", so I tried the following commands to see if ...
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Shell command/script to see if a host is alive?

I'm trying to figure out more ways to see if a given host is up, solely using shell commands (primarily bash). Ideally, it would be able to work with both hostnames and IP addresses. Right now the ...
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Very slow response from localhost when pinging

Networking is working fine on my gentoo machine. One connection is made, everything works fine with normal speed. But it is slow to wake-up : starting up connection is taking time. Even pinging ...
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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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How to log Internet connection drops

I need to execute a script as soon as my raspberry pi gets connected to the Internet. However I was wondering if there was a better way than just pinging Google every minute or so. My problem is that ...
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Redirection to file does not work properly

I have here a bash script: #!/bin/bash TARGET_FILE=ping_result.txt # declare the target ip addresses declare -a ips=("XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX" "YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY") function print_and_log() { echo "$1" ...
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Ping doesn't work, but I can browse through the internet

Pinging my default gateway is working properly and I can browse google and facebook in my browser. But, ping google.com and ping facebook.com on my terminal are not working. PING google.com ...
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What is the difference between ping -w and ping -W?

What is the -w (deadline) flag in ping for? I cannot find a description of it in the ping man page; only for -W, which takes seconds as a parameter. What is the difference between them, and how can I ...
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Host unreachable and I do not get why

I can not open a specific website. This is a website hosted by our company, and I know it is up. However, these are my symptoms: VARIABLES: host.com - the website I can not open x.x.x.x - the IP of ...
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Why does ping run forever by default in Linux? [closed]

What was the rationale for the design decision to make ping's default behavior to ping forever? For example, the following basic usage will ping address 127.0.0.1 forever: $ ping 127.0.0.1 ...
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Why am I getting DUP! reply when using ping -A

We have 2 VM's running on ESX 5.1. When I do a ping -A, after a while I get every second ping as a DUP!. When doing a normal ping, I get 5 or 6 DUP!s, and then it returns to normal. Any ideas what to ...
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Did this tutorial block pings to my server?

I am a programmer teaching myself linux admin stuff. I followed this tutorial to setup a firewall on a VPS. As a part of that tutorial, I block all traffic except for web traffic and SSH traffic. I ...
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Strange ping behavior

I built a linux distribution using the Yocto Project, with little customization. It runs on a Single Board Computer. When I ping this machine, I get the following result: PING 10.128.11.1 ...
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qemu - two clients (tap0 & tap1) via br0 can't ping eachother but server pings ok

I've got: A host system running Ubuntu with KVM (functional) Two clients, one Ubuntu and one Windows 7, nothing fancy. I've also setup (see below) a bridge via br0 for the clients: br0: ...
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Some ICMP-Reply messages don't arrive in User Space in recent Kernels

I'm moving an application from 2.6.23 (yes, it's ancient; that's why we are moving) to 3.18LTS. The application monitors multiple network links to the same target with ping packets. The different ...
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For some IPs, ping -c 4 -W 1 ip | cat does not output anything until ping has finished, whereas it does for others

Why do $ ping -c 4 -W 1 127.0.0.1 | cat and $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 print their output immediately, whereas $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 | cat prints nothing for four seconds, then prints all ...
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Cannot reach outside network or IP after upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on my server but since the upgrade from 10.04 I can no longer reach any outside sources of the server. I can SSH into the box, but from inside here I can not reach anything. ...
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Suppress “Alarm clock: 14” from ping

I've made a simple script for rebooting my router and afterwards showing a progress bar until my computer has an internet connection again. When running the script I get the following output: The ...
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ping -c1, wait for all responses from broadcast

I want to send one packet to the broadcast address, but wait for all responses. If I do ping -c 1 192.168.1.255, it sends just one packet, but it quits after getting the first response.
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Wget and curl can work normally, but ping fails

When I ping www.google.com and 8.8.8.8, I get no reply: # ping www.google.com PING www.google.com (216.58.221.228) 56(84) bytes of data. ( no response) # ping 8.8.8.8 PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) ...
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LAN server with two network cards, can't telnet / ping to the second even if it works

I have an issue with an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (updated) server. For reasons too long to detail, it has got one eth0 interface assigned to 192.168.1.9 and one Wifi wlan0 interface assigned to 192.168.1.10. ...
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Problem pinging from a specific interface

I'm trying to ping from a specific interface, I have a wired and a wireless connection both going into my laptop. My wired adaptor eth0 is on the IP 172.16.109.75 My wifi adaptor wlan0 is on the IP ...
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How can I know which IP address of a host is reachable from another?

I don't particularly need a "solution" to something, I'd just like to understand more of the landscape here. So on my CentOS box, I installed a CentOS VM specifically for learning Puppet. When the ...
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Why doesn't Ubuntu use capabilities on ping?

After running, $ ls -l /bin/ping -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 34740 Nov 5 2012 /bin/ping I wonder, why doesn't Ubuntu use capabilities (i.e. raw sockets) rather than setuid?
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Running an infinite loop on startup

I'd like to run a command at startup which pings a certain address every 10 minutes and writes the result to a file. I've figured out now how to do the pinging and file writing and the 10 min ...
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Cannot connect to my Virtual Box Ubuntu system

I have a VirtualBox running an Ubuntu OS. I'd like to access this Ubuntu machine using ssh or telnet. In order to do that I've performed the following steps: sudo apt-get install telnetd sudo ...
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Time synchronization, use NTP or just socket?

I am using a PC and a raspberry pi(both run Linux) to gather sensor data, raspberry pi gathers laser scan data, PC gathers image captured by camera. I must synchronize time for these two machines. I ...
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Ping multiple hosts and execute command

I'm very new in bash scripting and unix so I will need some help on this.I have 7-10 hosts which I want to ping from one of the servers via cronjobs. What I want is when host is up to execute command ...
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Constantly pinging a server

I am not sure if this is exactly the right place for this question, but there is no networking stack exchange. I want to ping a server a bunch of times (eg.10,000+) to gather information on the ...
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How can you get ping to print human readable timestamps?

Ping can print you a timestamp on every line but its in unix date format :( ping -D localhost PING localhost.localdomain (127.0.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data. [1415629479.482938] 64 bytes from ...
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Execute a command after each output line from ping command

I am trying to build a one-line command to monitor when my Internet connectivity drops. I'd like it so that if I run ping www.google.com indefinitely (one ping per second), if the word "timeout" ...
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ssh reverse tunneling not working

So, I have a server and a home machine. My server can't talk to internet, but my home machine can. So, I set up a reverse tunnel through home to server using: ssh -R 9001:www.google.com:80 server ...
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Behavior of ping with partial packet loss on Ubuntu

I am specifically looking on the return variables of running ping on my Ubuntu server, the variables I am looking for is: error status, output on stdout, output on stderr. When pinging a host the ...