[Nagiosplug-devel] [ nagiosplug-Bugs-2896201 ] check_ping depends on iputils-ping

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Bugs item #2896201, was opened at 2009-11-11 15:37
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Category: General plugin execution
>Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: Jan Wagner (cyco_dd)
Assigned to: Thomas Guyot-Sionnest (dermoth)
Summary: check_ping depends on iputils-ping

Initial Comment:
The following Bugreport we got against our debian package:


it seems that the nagios related packages need an ping command available.
They choose iputils-ping, which is rather linux specific.
Could be possible to switch (at least on non-linux)
to inetutils-ping (already available) or fping (modulo #555398 available).
It will help to kfreebsd-i386, kfreebsd-amd64 and hurd architectures.

Thanks for considering it.

You can track the bugreport via

check_ping could maybe rewritten/patched to use liboping [1]?

Thanks and kind regards, Jan.
[1] http://verplant.org/liboping/


Comment By: Thomas Guyot-Sionnest (dermoth)
Date: 2009-11-11 17:29

Normally configure decides which ping command and syntax to use, so it
really depend on which packages you have installed. You can force the
command to use with --with-ping-command=SYNTAX and

An easy way to find the syntax it to look at a generated config.h  when
only the wanted ping commands are available. Search for #define

Let me know if you have any problem with specific ping variants.


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