pingPing is the name of a computer network tool used on TCP/IP networks (such as the Internet). It provides a basic test of whether a particular host is operating properly and is reachable on the network from the testing host. It works by sending ICMP packets to the target host and listening for replies; its operation is vaguely analogous to sonar in submarines, hence the name.The tool was written by Mike Muuss.Related network tools include traceroute.Sample ping outputBelow is a sample output where we ping the wikipedia.com server: tux@debian:~$ ping -c 5 wikipedia.com PING wikipedia.com (188.8.131.52): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=0 ttl=235 time=284.3 ms 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=1 ttl=235 time=292.9 ms 64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=2 ttl=235 time=289.7 ms 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=3 ttl=235 time=282.4 ms 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=4 ttl=235 time=272.0 ms — wikipedia.com ping statistics — 5 packets transmitted, 5 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max = 272.0/284.2/292.9 ms tux@debian:~$External Link The Story of the PING Program (http://ftp.arl.mil/~mike/ping.html) by its author, Mike MuussPing is also a character in the book The Story about Ping, by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese (see slashdot review (http://slashdot.org/books/99/01/31/1246212.shtml))Ping is also the name of a river in Thailand, see Ping (river)This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, and uses material from the Wikipedia article “ping”.
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