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xping

X11 Automated ping tool for Linux/UNIX


xping is a very simple diagnostic tool primarily for system and network administrators. It provides a graphical display of systems and whether or not they are responsive to pings. This information is updated periodically by the tool, and is useful for determining when systems have crashed or there are network faults.

xping requires the XawXpm support package, developed by Ben Buxton.

There has been no new development on this tool for a long time because, well, it's done. I can't think of anything else that I want it to do, and it just keeps working. But I will entertain suggestions if anyone else can think of some reasonable new functionality for it.

Workaround for hanging ping:

If a network link goes down or experiences really long latencies, with the default (lack of) options that xping uses, the ping command in RedHat 7.3 and RedHat 8.0 may just hang forever. To workaround this, use:

-command "ping -c 1 -w 4 %s"

or its X resource equivalent in your ~/.Xdefaults file:

XPing.pingCommand: ping -c 1 -w 4 %s

The -w 4 option causes ping to timeout after 4 seconds and report a ping failure.

If this happens a lot and the false alarms are a problem, you may also want to look into the -retries options (or XPing.numRetries resource).

Bugs & Comments:

Please send any bug reports or comments to xping@etallen.com.