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Ping is installed by default in MEPIS and is used to send small icmp packets to another network host (or an internet web address) as a basic test for connectivity. To use, Open a konsole and type: ping followed by anIPAddress or web address. Hit Ctrl-C to stop the ping test. Here is sample usage and output:
~$ ping www.mepis.org PING mepis.org (184.108.40.206) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from svr2.mepis.com (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=1 ttl=46 time=31.4 ms 64 bytes from svr2.mepis.com (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=2 ttl=46 time=30.9 ms 64 bytes from svr2.mepis.com (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=3 ttl=46 time=31.6 ms 64 bytes from svr2.mepis.com (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=4 ttl=46 time=34.4 ms 64 bytes from svr2.mepis.com (188.8.131.52): icmp_seq=5 ttl=46 time=34.2 ms --- mepis.org ping statistics --- 5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 4001ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 30.955/32.548/34.477/1.489 ms
You can also supply a hostname (e.g., OldLaptop). If you can ping by IP but not hostname, it usually indicates a problem with your name resolution (see Samba troubleshooting guide).
Those familiar with the ping utility on Windows should note a few differences:
- By default, ping will send packets until interrupted by a Ctrl+c. This is analogous to the -t switch in windows
- Linux ping doesn't always print out an error when a packet is dropped. If you're looking for dropped packets, watch for gaps in the icmp_seq numbers.