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       oping - send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST to network hosts


       oping [-4 | -6] [-c count] [-i interval] host [host [host ...]]

       oping [-4 | -6] [-c count] [-i interval] -f filename

       noping [-4 | -6] [-c count] [-i interval] host [host [host ...]]

       noping [-4 | -6] [-c count] [-i interval] -f filename


       oping uses ICMPv4 or ICMPv6 ECHO_REQUEST packets to measure a hosts
       reachability and the network latency. In contrast to the original
       ping(8) utility oping can send ICMP packets to multiple hosts in
       parallel and wait for all ECHO_RESPONSE packets to arrive. In contrast
       to the fping utility (URL is listed in "SEE ALSO") oping can use both,
       IPv4 and IPv6 transparently and side by side.

       noping is an ncurses-based front-end to liboping which displays ping
       statistics online and highlights aberrant round-trip times if the
       terminal supports colors.


       -4  Force the use of IPv4.

       -6  Force the use of IPv6.

       -c count
           Send (and receive) count ICMP packets, then stop and exit.

       -i interval
           Send one ICMP packet (per host) each interval seconds. This can be
           a floating-point number to specify sub-second precision.

       -t ttl
           Set the IP Time to Live to ttl. This must be a number between (and
           including) 1 and 255. If omitted, the value 64 is used.

       -I address
           Set the source address to use. You may either specify an IP number
           or a hostname. You cannot pass the interface name, as you can with
           GNU's ping(8) - use the -D option for that purpose.

       -D interface name
           Set the outgoing network device to use.

       -f filename
           Instead of specifying hostnames on the command line, read them from
           filename. If filename is -, read from "STDIN".

           If oping is installed with the SetUID-bit, it will set the
           effective UID to the real UID before opening the file. In the
           special (but common) case that oping is owned by the super-user
           (UID 0), this means that privileges are temporarily dropped before
           opening the file, in order to prevent users from reading arbitrary
           files on the system.

           If your system doesn't provide saved set-user IDs (this was an
           optional feature before POSIX 2001), the behavior is different
           because it is not possible to temporarily drop privileges. The
           alternative behavior is: If the real user ID (as returned by
           getuid(2)) and the effective user ID (as returned by geteuid(2))
           differ, the only argument allowed for this option is "-" (i.e.
           standard input).

       -Q qos
           Specify the Quality of Service (QoS) for outgoing packets. This is
           a somewhat tricky option, since the meaning of the bits in the IPv4
           header has been revised several times.

           The currently recommended method is Differentiated Services which
           is used in IPv6 headers as well. There are shortcuts for various
           predefined per-hop behaviors (PHBs):

           be  Selects the Best Effort behavior. This is the default behavior.

           ef  Selects the Expedited Forwarding (EF) per-hop behavior, as
               defined in RFC 3246. This PHB is characterised by low delay,
               low loss and low jitter, i.e. high priority traffic.

           va  Selects the Voice Admitted (VA) per-hop behavior, as defined in
               RFC 5865. This traffic class is meant for Voice over IP (VoIP)
               traffic which uses Call Admission Control (CAC) for reserving
               network capacity.

               Selects one of 12 differentiated services code points (DSCPs),
               which are organized in four classes with three priorities each.
               Therefore, c must be a number between 1 through 4 and p must be
               a number between 1 through 3, for example "af13", "af22" and
               "af41". In each class, the lower priority number takes
               precedence over the higher priority number.

           csn Selects one of the eight Class Selector PHBs. n is a number
               between 0 through 7. The class selectors have been defined to
               be compatible to the Precedence field in the IPv4 header as
               defined in RFC 791. Please note that "cs0" is synonymous to

           The old definition of the same bits in the IPv4 header was as Type
           of Service (ToS) field, specified in RFC 1349. It defined four
           possible values which have appropriate aliases. Please note that
           this use of the bits is deprecated and the meaning is limited to

               Minimize delay

               Maximize throughput

               Maximize reliability

               Minimize monetary cost

           Alternatively, you can also specify the byte manually. You can use
           either a decimal number (0-255), a hexadecimal number (0x00-0xff)
           or an octal number (00-0377) using the usual "0x" and "0" prefixes
           for hexadecimal and octal respectively.

           The printed lines will contain information about the QoS field of
           received packets if either a non-standard QoS setting was used on
           outgoing packets or if the QoS byte of incoming packets is not
           zero. In other words, the QoS information is omitted if both, the
           outgoing and the incoming QoS bytes are zero. The received byte is
           always interpreted as Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) and
           Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN), even if the deprecated Type
           of Service (ToS) aliases were used to specify the bits of outgoing

       -Z percent
           If any hosts have a drop rate higher than percent, where percent is
           a number between zero and 100 inclusively, exit with a non-zero
           exit status.  Since it is not possible to have a higher drop rate
           than 100%, passing this limit will effectively disable the feature
           (the default). Setting the option to zero means that the exit
           status will only be zero if all replies for all hosts have been

           The exit status will indicate the number of hosts with more than
           percent packets lost, up to a number of 255 failing hosts.

           noping only -u forces UTF-8 output, -U disables UTF-8 output. If
           neither is given, the codeset is automatically determined from the


       If supported by the terminal, noping will highlight the round-trip
       times (RTT) using the colors green, yellow and red. Green signals RTTs
       that are in the "expected" range, yellow marks moderately unusual times
       and times that differ a lot from the expected value are printed in red.

       The information used to categorize round-trip times is the average
       round-trip time and the standard deviation. RTTs that differ from the
       average by less than the standard deviation are considered to be
       "normal" and are printed in green. Times that differ from the average
       more than the standard deviation but less than twice the standard
       deviation are considered "moderately unusual" and are printed in
       yellow. Times differing more than twice the standard deviation from the
       average are considered to be "unusual" and are printed in red.


       ping(8), <>, liboping(3)


       liboping is written by Florian "octo" Forster <ff at>.  Its
       homepage can be found at <>.

       Copyright (c) 2005-2011 by Florian "octo" Forster.

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