Make alert if host is 'dead' or not reachable

10,30,50 * * * * ping -q -c1 -w3 192.168.0.14 | grep '1 received' - || env DISPLAY=:0 xeyes
Every 20 minutes ping host with IP address 192.168.0.14. If it's not 'alive' or not reachable, then display something eye-catching (here xeyes) on the desktop. Hint for newbies: edit crontab with crontab -e

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By: knoppix5
2012-02-06 09:40:11

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