ping is a command line tool/network utility often used to troubleshoot connectivity and network latency issues. PING is an acronym for Packet INternet Groper. Questions about the ping command should use this tag.

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What would cause 'ping localhost' to fail?

the /etc/hosts file contains a line: 127.0.0.1 localhost so localhost should be a valid hostname, but any attempt to connect to a port on localhost fails, including ping. Connection attempts into ...
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Why can't my machine resolve local windows hostnames?

When I ping any local windows hostname from my Ubuntu machine I get "unable to resolve host", but when I ping from a windows machine it works fine. Why would this be? OS: Ubuntu 10.04 Samba & ...
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Can I use ping to see real time drop rates?

I'm pinging a server which is dropping packets. At the end of my ping I see something like: 100 packets transmitted, 85 received, 15% packet loss, time 100030ms What I'd like to do is run my ping ...
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Why can't I hear audible pings?

The ping manual says that ping -a will generate audible pings, but when I try this no sound is made. What am I doing wrong?
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Take action if remote server responds to ping

I have a network attached storage (NAS) at home where I store pretty much all my media stuff (songs, videos, etc). I would like to mount it to a local directory in my notebook automatically every time ...