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eping is a Scheme implementation of the ICMP ping utility. Although it can be used like an average OS ping utility, eping is intended to be used programmatically (e.g. for gathering statistics, monitoring). It uses raw sockets thus a privileged account must be used.
[procedure] (eping HOST #!key (mode 'probe) (count #f) (timeout 1000) (interval 1000) (ttl 64) (tos 0) (dont-fragment #f) (src-addr #f) (id #f) (seq-start 0) (size 56) (pattern "") (recv-min #f) (lost-max #f) (cons-recv-min #f) (cons-lost-max #f) (msg1 "%i is alive%n") (msg2 "") (dotcols 0) (quiet #t))
HOST can be either an IPv4 address or an hostname: '192.168.1.1 , "192.168.1.1" , 'example.com, "example.com" are all valid hosts.
eping supports four modes of operation: probe (default), stats, dot and mtu.
In this mode eping returns true or false if it considers an host alive or unreachable respectively. The default behavior is to consider an host alive as soon as an echo reply is received. If no reply is received in count attempts, the host is considered unreachable. If not specified, count is 5 by default. Probe mode is the default one so it can be omitted as parameter.
(eping "call-cc.org") ===> #t
The aliveness criteria can be changed through the four parameters recv-min, lost-max, cons-recv-min, cons-lost-max (see "Parameters" section). As soon as one of this conditions is met eping returns the associated boolean value. If no condition is met in count attempts #f is returned.
In non-quiet 'submode' a message is displayed as well.
(eping "call-cc.org" quiet: #f) 18.104.22.168 is alive
The output message can be customized through the msg1 and msg2 parameters.
In stats mode eping returns a vector of statistics #(sent lost rtt-min rtt-avg rtt-max rtt-std). The rtt values are expressed in ms.
(eping "call-cc.org" mode: 'stats) ==> #(5 0 133 134.2 136 0.92)
In non-quiet 'submode' the output resembles a standard ping utility:
(eping "call-cc.org" mode: 'stats quiet: #f) 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=139ms 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=227ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=135ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=170ms 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=256ms --- call-cc.org ping statistics --- 5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 135.0/185.4/256.0/48.26 ms
Ctrl-\ (SIGQUIT) can be used to print partial statistics without stopping the ping (POSIX platforms only). Ctrl-C can be used to stop and collect the statistics at any moment.
By default 5 packets are sent. The count option can be used to change this value (0 meaning continuos operation).
In this mode eping generates returns a single character for each echo request:
- [.] Echo reply received
- [!] No response
- [N] Network unreachable
- [H] Host unreachable
- [P] Protocol unreachable
- [F] Packet too big and DF bit set
- [A] Administratively filtered
- [T] Time to live exceeded
- [O] Network/Host unreachable for TOS
- [U] Unreachable (generic error)
(eping "call-cc.org" mode: 'dot quiet: #f timeout: 134 count: 20) ..!...!....!.!!!....
The dotcols parameter can be used to set the number of chars to be printed before a newline. The default behavior (0) inserts a newline only after the last echo request.
(eping "call-cc.org mode": 'dot quiet: #f timeout: 134 count: 20 dotcols: 5) !...! ....! ...!. !....
In quiet 'submode' a string built from the generated characters is returned.
(eping "call-cc.org" mode: 'dot count: 3) "..."
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Michele La Monaca
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