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Net::Ping duration question

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:13 UTC ( #977557=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
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Hi

I will make this quick. I'm following the example right out of the description page.
while ( 1 ) { my $ret; my $duration; my $ip; ( $ret, $duration, $ip ) = $p->ping( $host, 5.5 ); printf( "$host [ip: $ip] is alive (packet return time: %.2f ms +)\n", 1000 * $duration ); }
The result I get back for $duration * 1000 is either 0 or 1000 ms. The problem is, the host I'm using has an average ping time of 127ms, so something just isn't adding up. Am I missing something?

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Re: Net::Ping duration question
by frozenwithjoy (Curate) on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:29 UTC
    Which version of perl do you have? More specifically, is Time::HiRes part of your core? It should be unless you are on a Commodore64 or something else from my childhood...

    If so, this should fix your problem: $p->hires();. Put it right after $p = Net::Ping->new();

      That did it, thanks. I got no error so assumed Time:HiRes was there, but didn't see I needed to make that call. All bueno now!
        Perfect! By the way, if you print out $ret, what do you get? I keep getting 0, even though I'm getting realistic duration values. I was under the impression that I'd get $ret == 1 if the host was reachable.
Re: Net::Ping duration question
by NetWallah (Abbot) on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:34 UTC
    Try setting
    $p->hires(1);
    before the ping call. This will cause Net::Ping to use Time::HiRes, and return a Float, instead of using normal (1 second) resolution, and returning an Integer.

    Of course, this requires Time::HiRes to be installed/available.

    Update: Dang - frozenwithjoy (++) has a higher Res, and beat me to the punch.

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