Check if a machine is online with better UI

echo -n "IP Address or Machine Name: "; read IP; ping -c 1 -q $IP >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo -e "\e[00;32mOnline\e[00m" || echo -e "\e[00;31mOffline\e[00m"
I have used single packet, and in a silent mode with no display of ping stats. This is with color and UI improvement to the http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/10220/check-if-a-machine-is-online. It is as per the enhancements suggested.
Sample Output
$ echo -n "IP Address or Machine Name: "; read IP; ping -c 1 -q $IP >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo -e "\e[00;32mOnline\e[00m" || echo -e "\e[00;31mOffline\e[00m"
IP Address or Machine Name: 192.168.1.1
Online

$ echo -n "IP Address or Machine Name: "; read IP; ping -c 1 -q $IP >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo -e "\e[00;32mOnline\e[00m" || echo -e "\e[00;31mOffline\e[00m"
IP Address or Machine Name: 192.168.1.2
Offline

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By: crlf
2012-02-09 07:00:03

2 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • PING parameters c 1 limits to 1 pinging attempt q makes the command quiet (or silent mode) /dev/null 2>&1 is to remove the display && echo ONLINE is executed if previous command is successful (return value 0) || echo OFFLINE is executed otherwise (return value of 1 if unreachable or 2 if you're offline yourself). I personally use this command as an alias with a predefined machine name but there are at least 2 improvements that may be done. Asking for the machine name or IP Escaping the output so that it displays ONLINE in green and OFFLINE in red (for instance).


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    ping -c 1 -q MACHINE_IP_OR_NAME >/dev/null 2>&1 && echo ONLINE || echo OFFLINE
    UnixNeko · 2012-02-09 06:30:55 9
  • export THISOS="`uname -s`" if [ "$THISOS" = "SunOS" ] then export THISRELEASE="`uname -r`" ping1() { ping -s $1 56 1 | egrep "^64"; } elif [ "$THISOS" = "AIX" ] then export THISRELEASE="`uname -v`.`uname -r`" ping1() { ping -w ${2:-1} $1 56 1 | egrep "^64"; } elif [ "$THISOS" = "Linux" ] then export THISRELEASE="`uname -r`" ping1() { ping -c 1 -w ${2:-1} $1 | egrep "^64"; } fi


    0
    ping1 IPaddr_or_hostname
    waibati · 2012-02-09 17:26:32 2

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Very nice improvement of my formerly sent comment. Nice job. ;)
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