Linux Gazette: pingAug 05, 2000, 19:43 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Ping used to be a very good indicator of a machines ability to receive and send IP packets in general. If you could ping a host, you could also make an ftp or http connection. With the wider advent of packet filtering for security, this is becoming less true."
"There are several useful options to the ping command. ...
These options can be combined to make ping even more helpful.
One thing that you cannot see is that the ping command used in the
previous section is likely to take several seconds to run and
report back. Using the
"It might be of some benefit to test larger packets, using
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