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read this: http://ftp.arl.mil/~mike/ping.html
And try out the command.
Another "funny" network command is traceroute (tracert in windows). It was actually the second network command i learned after ping. This command gives you the ability to see the "path" in which your package will travel across the net to reach a destination.
to see the hole path a package follows to reach greece from india. For security reasons those icmp packages are sometimes also blocked because this command may be used to discover the topology of a network.
Originally posted by bumjubeo Packet Internetwork Groping is what it stands for.
It sends a little packet of information to the destination, and the destination returns a response, it is usually used to ensure network connectivity.
Well not exactly:
From my point of view PING is not an acronym standing for Packet InterNet Grouper, it's a sonar analogy. However, I've heard second-hand that Dave Mills offered this expansion of the name, so perhaps we're both right. Sheesh, and I thought the government was bad about expanding acronyms! :-)
This is from the author of ping, it's the link i posted above
Last edited by perfect_circle; 02-10-2005 at 12:10 PM.