X11 Automated ping tool for Linux/UNIX
xping is a very simple diagnostic tool primarily for
system and network administrators. It provides a
graphical display of systems and whether or not they are
responsive to pings. This information is updated
periodically by the tool, and is useful for determining
when systems have crashed or there are network faults.
xping requires the XawXpm support package, developed by
For xorg: Fedora Core 5 - present
For XFree86: Red Hat 6.x - Red Hat 9, Fedora Core 1 - Fedora Core 4
The original source tarball:
There has been no new development on this tool for a long
time because, well, it's done. I can't think of anything
else that I want it to do, and it just keeps working. But
I will entertain suggestions if anyone else can think of
some reasonable new functionality for it.
Workaround for hanging ping:
If a network link goes down or experiences really long
latencies, with the default (lack of) options that xping
uses, the ping command in RedHat 7.3 and RedHat 8.0 may
just hang forever. To workaround this, use:
-command "ping -c 1 -w 4 %s"
or its X resource equivalent in your ~/.Xdefaults file:
XPing.pingCommand: ping -c 1 -w 4 %s
The -w 4 option causes ping to timeout
after 4 seconds and report a ping failure.
If this happens a lot and the false alarms are a problem,
you may also want to look into the -retries
options (or XPing.numRetries resource).
Bugs & Comments:
Please send any bug reports or comments to