May 26, 2018

Liboping, a C library, and utility to generate ICMP echo requests

liboping is a C library to generate ICMP echo requests, better known as ‘ping packets’. It is intended for use in network monitoring applications or applications that would otherwise need to fork ping1 frequently. Included is a sample application, called oping, which demonstrates the library’s abilities. It is like ping, ping6, and fping rolled into one.

Version 1.4.0, a second example application, noping, provides an ncurses-based front-end to liboping. Using curses windows it is able to display the ping statistics online ‘live’. An aberrant behavior detection highlights all round-trip times that are unusually high or low.

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