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Bug 5692 - ping -c and -w flags broken
ping -c and -w flags broken
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netkit-base (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 1999-10-07 15:31 EDT by luke
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2000-01-17 17:29:34 EST
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Description luke 1999-10-07 15:31:32 EDT
When you do a ping -c 1 of a host that is on a different
subnet as you are, it never times out and returns,
eventually when I do a ^C to break out of it I see that it
has sent more then 1 packet:

loki 14> ping -c 1
PING ( from : 56(84)
bytes of data.

--- ping statistics ---
13 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss

When I do the same thing on a pinloki 16> ping -c 1
PING ( 56 data bytes

--- ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss
g from a Redhat 6.0 system it returns in about 30 seconds:

Also, if the system you are pinging is on the same subnet as
you are it works correctly.

Also, the -w (waitsecs) option does not seem to work at all.

This is a normal priority for most people, execept people
(like me) who are doing network monitoring) with Redhat 6.1.
A reasonable workaround for now is to use the ping from
Rehdat 6.0.
Comment 1 wyatt 1999-12-02 10:38:59 EST
Even though the -c option works on local subnets, the return code from ping is
ALWAYS 0, despite ping's success or failure.  When the destination host is
unreachable, the return code should be 1, from the manpage.
This will break a lot of scripts that test reachability of a certain host.
Comment 2 mike.eklund 1999-12-02 10:52:59 EST
To us this is really a major problem, we need the -c flag for some of our perl
scripts.  Up to now we have been using ping from redhat 6.0 without problem.
What is the timeline for getting this resolved?
Comment 3 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-01-17 17:29:59 EST
It's fixed in Raw Hide.
ping now comes from iputils, so just updating netkit-base won't help you.
Update netkit-base and install iputils, and it'll work.

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