[nycbug-talk] To ping or not to ping, that is the question...

Jay Savage daggerquill at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 12:37:29 EDT 2006

On 7/8/06, Isaac Levy <ike at lesmuug.org> wrote:
> Hi Ray,

> >
> >> Outside the box:
> >> - to my knowledge, (and digging through the man pages), ping does not
> >> have any options which let the utility return some sort of boolean
> >> value for weather or not a packet was returned.
> >
> > It returns 0 if a packet was received and other values otherwise,
> > depending on the operating system.  You'll probably want to use the
> > -c flag.
> >
> > -Ray-
> Ok- so now here's my new question, how can I get ping to return less
> verbose stuff, a simple integer returned would be way nicer to
> programatically deal with (vs. having to parse the text)- which in
> the context of my app, is all just verbose garbage for me to deal
> with...
> Additionally, I'd like to be able to set some kind of response
> timeout, (under 1 second)?
> Rocket-
> .ike


If you're at all familiar with Perl, the Net::Ping Perl module is the
way to go (http://search.cpan.org/~bbb/Net-Ping-2.31/lib/Net/Ping.pm).
And if you're not familiar with Perl, you should be. ;)


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