May 26, 2018

Quickly ping multiple hosts without flooding the network

A tool to quickly ping N number of hosts to determine their reachability without flooding the network.

 fping is different from ping in that you can specify any number of
 hosts on the command line, or specify a file containing the lists
 of hosts to ping. Instead of trying one host until it timeouts or
 replies, fping will send out a ping packet and move on to the next
 host in a round-robin fashion. If a host replies, it is noted and
 removed from the list of hosts to check. If a host does not respond
 within a certain time limit and/or retry limit it will be considered

 Unlike ping, fping is meant to be used in scripts and its
 output is easy to parse.

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