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From Bob Ramsey <>
Subject RE: Re[2]: [users@httpd] Testing if a Webserver is down
Date Thu, 31 Oct 2002 22:15:44 GMT
At 02:08 AM 10/31/2002,  Boyle Owen wrote:
>Ping simply tests if the interface card is answering ICMP echo requests
>- this hardly proves the webserver is running!

Exactly.  In fact, for security reasons you may want to disable incoming 
ICMP echo requests.  Remember, deny everything and only allow those 
services you are specifically using.  Since you care that the webserver is 
up, there's no need to ping.

If you insist on using bash instead of perl, could you have the system run 
a wget command for the index page and then parse the result?


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