ekgping pings a host, just like ping. However, it does not output simple text, but shows the results in a graphical and audible manner, somewhat similar to an electrocardiograph.
ekgping uses Module::Build. After downloading the source and cd'ing into the
ekgping directory, simply run
perl Build.PL && perl Build && sudo perl Build
install. Or, if you don't want to install, run
bin/ekgping -f share/beep.ogg
Note for perl 5.10 users: ekgping requires Module::Build >= 0.36, perl 5.10
ships 0.34. So you'll need to either upgrade to perl 5.12 or install
Module::Build manually (on Debian/Ubuntu:
apt-get install libmodule-build-perl).
The text output looks like this:
Watch and hear ekgping in action:
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- Fix ping -n parser - it was based on a buggy(?) ping output, making it fail on older Debian/Ubuntu (and possibly other) systems. See http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=609853