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ping a host until it responds, then play a sound, then exit

Terminal - ping a host until it responds, then play a sound, then exit
beepwhenup () { echo 'Enter host you want to ping:'; read PHOST; if [[ "$PHOST" == "" ]]; then exit; fi; while true; do ping -c1 -W2 $PHOST 2>&1 >/dev/null; if [[ "$?" == "0" ]]; then for j in $(seq 1 4); do beep; done; ping -c1 $PHOST; break; fi; done; }
2009-09-24 18:11:10
Functions: echo host ping read seq
ping a host until it responds, then play a sound, then exit

After this, just type:


You need to install "beep" before this would make the beep sound.

Save it in your .profile if you want to use it later

WARNING: this command won't exit until it is successful. You won't be able to CONTROL+C out of it.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
Mac OSX: ping -oc 30 > /dev/null && say "Google name server is up" || say "This host is down"
2014-08-01 15:44:57
User: raulyca
Functions: ping
Tags: ping beep

Audio acknowledgement for host availability.

When running the command from a Linux systems, you can use "festival" or "espeak" instead of "say".

speakwhenup() { [ "$1" ] && PHOST="$1" || return 1; until ping -c1 -W2 $PHOST >/dev/null 2>&1; do sleep 5s; done; espeak "$PHOST is up" >/dev/null 2>&1; }
2014-11-26 10:22:18
User: aguslr
Functions: ping return sleep
Tags: ping beep espeak

This allows for sleeping in between pings. Also, espeak needs to be installed.

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What others think

Rather than installing the 'beep' program, on some consoles you can run this for a beep:

echo -en "\x07"

Comment by devrick0 315 weeks and 4 days ago

You can achieve this with just ping.

ping -a -c 1

-a is emit audible bell

-c is exit after receiving count replies in this case one

Comment by haplo 315 weeks and 4 days ago

@haplo: nope. A certain number of pings may be more or less than is needful before you hear a sound. The code presented will only beep when the host finally responds-- not until an arbitrary ping count has been reached.

However you are correct about the "-a" flag to the extent that it "works". It simply does not emit any sound when I use it on my ubuntu workstation.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 315 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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