[Nagiosplug-devel] check_ping and check_icmp confusion

Andreas Ericsson ae at op5.se
Wed Feb 22 09:53:05 CET 2006

gh wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 18:36 +0100, Andreas Ericsson wrote:
>>gh wrote:
>>>From what I can tell check_ping has been deprecated in favor of
>>>check_icmp. Is this the case or are there certain systems or conditions
>>>that make check_ping favorable or even necessary? 
>>check_icmp had some problems on systems with 32-bit process id's in the 
>>early days (causing it to mark the packets wrong and then not 
>>recognizing them when they returned). It also used to calculate timings 
>>slightly wrong. Both those problems are solved long since, however. Now 
>>there are no real reasons to use check_ping instead of check_icmp.
> What do people think about just dropping check_ping from the next
> version of the plugins package to avoid all this unnecessary confusion
> that is evident on the mailing lists and replace it with a symlink to
> check_icmp for backwards compatibility?

I'm all for it. Considering I wrote the thing originally I'm a bit 
biased though.

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