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    Default Looking for a program that can indicate internet connection

    Hi, Can anyone suggest a program that can give a minute by minute indication of whether or not an internet connection is actually connected or not. I think I am losing the connection for a few seconds at a time now and again.

    regards Steve

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    Default Re: Looking for a program that can indicate internet connection

    On Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:36:01 +0000, steveis2 wrote:

    > Hi, Can anyone suggest a program that can give a minute by minute
    > indication of whether or not an internet connection is actually
    > connected or not. I think I am losing the connection for a few seconds
    > at a time now and again.
    >
    > regards Steve


    What version of openSUSE and what desktop environment?

    If KDE, you might look for a plasmoid for KDE4; if GNOME, an extension at
    extensions.gnome.org might do it.

    But what you might do is simply open a terminal window and run ping to a
    site that you know will respond. Something like:

    ping -i 60 8.8.8.8

    (-i 60 means "ever 60 seconds").

    Then wait until it looks like your connection is down and check the open
    terminal window to see if ping has stopped.

    Or just have a terminal window open with the command ready to run, and if
    it seems your connection has dropped, switch to the window and run

    ping 8.8.8.8

    and see if you get responses.

    (Press ctrl+c to exit ping)

    Jim



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    Default Re: Looking for a program that can indicate internet connection

    On 2013-12-15 19:33, Jim Henderson wrote:

    > But what you might do is simply open a terminal window and run ping to a
    > site that you know will respond. Something like:
    >
    > ping -i 60 8.8.8.8


    There is a ping variant that keeps silent till there is a problem, just
    for this kind of job. But I did not make written note of this, so I have
    forgotten the concoction we used. We wrote a text report with
    connectivity problems on several sites with this, daily.

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    Default Re: Looking for a program that can indicate internet connection

    On 2013-12-15 20:13, Carlos E. R. wrote:

    > There is a ping variant that keeps silent till there is a problem, just
    > for this kind of job. But I did not make written note of this, so I have
    > forgotten the concoction we used. We wrote a text report with
    > connectivity problems on several sites with this, daily.


    A tentative list of ping variants to check:

    ping
    fwping (saint) ??
    ping -f -l10 -s20000 router
    bing compute point to point throughput using two sizes of
    ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to a pair of remote hosts
    fping - A program to ping multiple hosts
    hping - Command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer
    nping - Compare Results of Nmap Scans
    oping - Multiple Host Ping that supports ICMPv4 and ICMPv6

    I have to go out, so I can't look them up just now.

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    Default Re: Looking for a program that can indicate internet connection

    On 2013-12-15 20:23, Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2013-12-15 20:13, Carlos E. R. wrote:


    > A tentative list of ping variants to check:
    >
    > ping
    > fwping (saint) ??
    > ping -f -l10 -s20000 router
    > bing compute point to point throughput using two sizes of
    > ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to a pair of remote hosts
    > fping - A program to ping multiple hosts
    > hping - Command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer
    > nping - Compare Results of Nmap Scans
    > oping - Multiple Host Ping that supports ICMPv4 and ICMPv6
    >
    > I have to go out, so I can't look them up just now.


    Code:
    fping - send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to network hosts
    
    fping is a program like ping which uses the Internet Control
    Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request to determine if a target
    host is responding.  fping differs from ping in that you can
    specify any number of targets on the command line, or specify
    a file containing the lists of targets to ping.  Instead of
    sending to one target until it times out or replies, fping
    will send out a ping packet and move on to the next target in
    a round-robin fashion.  In the default mode, if a target
    replies, it is noted and removed from the list of targets to
    check; if a target does not respond within a certain time
    limit and/or retry limit it is designated as unreachable.
    fping also supports sending a specified number of pings to a
    target, or looping indefinitely (as in ping ). Unlike ping,
    fping is meant to be used in scripts, so its output is
    designed to be easy to parse.
    See:

    Code:
    Telcontar:~ # fping  -q -u moria bilbo
    bilbo
    Telcontar:~ #
    It just displays hosts not responding.


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