Ping-exp

Ping-exp is a small utility which runs a set of ICMP ping experiments simultaneously and then charts the results making it much easier to compare.

Ping-exp example

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Features

  • Supports several simultaneous targets (eventually the charts get messy)
  • Ability to control the IP TOS value.
  • Ability to control the ICMP ping size.
  • Ability to save the results to be viewed later.
  • Ability to control the ping frequency and total number.
  • Export to PNG.
  • Interactive inspection (zooming) of the resulting charts (using the Matplotlib viewer).

Requirements

  • Python 2.6 (makes use of the Multiprocessing module).
  • Matplotlib
  • Linux (tested on Fedora. Ping-exp relies on parsing ping’s output so it almost certainly won’t work on Windows – maybe other Unices)

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13 thoughts on “Ping-exp”

  1. Hi Dan,

    I get the following error when running the script, first I had to add 3 Targets as I get an error when only using 2.

    I am using Ubuntu

    Linux 2me-desktop 2.6.31-14-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 16 14:04:26 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    ./pingexp.py -t ITWeb,www.itweb.co.za,0 -t Google,www.google.com,0 -t Yahoo,www.yahoo.com,0 -i .2 -c 5 -o results.png
    /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/pytz/__init__.py:32: UserWarning: Module multiprocessing was already imported from /usr/lib/python2.6/multiprocessing/__init__.pyc, but /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6 is being added to sys.path
    from pkg_resources import resource_stream
    Got results for ITWeb
    Got results for Google
    Got results for Yahoo
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “./pingexp.py”, line 505, in
    graph(results, line_graph=line_graph, image_file=f)
    File “./pingexp.py”, line 338, in graph
    canvas.print_png(image_file)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backends/backend_agg.py”, line 358, in print_png
    FigureCanvasAgg.draw(self)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backends/backend_agg.py”, line 314, in draw
    self.figure.draw(self.renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *kl)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/figure.py”, line 774, in draw
    for a in self.axes: a.draw(renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *kl)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/axes.py”, line 1721, in draw
    a.draw(renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *kl)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/patches.py”, line 298, in draw
    gc.set_foreground(self._edgecolor)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backend_bases.py”, line 628, in set_foreground
    self._rgb = colors.colorConverter.to_rgba(fg)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/colors.py”, line 352, in to_rgba
    raise ValueError(‘to_rgba: Invalid rgba arg “%s”\n%s’ % (str(arg), exc))
    ValueError: to_rgba: Invalid rgba arg “[‘#3194e0’, ‘#49db50’, ‘#e03131’]”
    invalid literal for float(): #3194e0

  2. Hello,

    I work for a company that makes a commercial traffic shaper. I am finding your tool an excellent way to experiment and plot different configurations. Thanks for the wonderful tool!

  3. Been looking for a tool like this for a while
    thanks
    Just wondering if this will work with pinging ipv6 addresses also

  4. Hi Dan,

    Same error like Jacques…

    root@learning:~/ping-exp-HEAD-92ca1bb# python pingexp.py -t Google,www.google.com,0 -t Yahoo,www.yahoo.com,0 -c 10 -i .9 -l -o teste.png

    /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/__init__.py:835: UserWarning: This call to matplotlib.use() has no effect
    because the the backend has already been chosen;
    matplotlib.use() must be called *before* pylab, matplotlib.pyplot,
    or matplotlib.backends is imported for the first time.

    if warn: warnings.warn(_use_error_msg)

    Got results for Google
    Got results for Yahoo
    /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/axes.py:7069: UserWarning: 2D hist should be nsamples x nvariables; this looks transposed
    warnings.warn(‘2D hist should be nsamples x nvariables; ‘
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “pingexp.py”, line 507, in
    graph(results, line_graph=line_graph, image_file=f)
    File “pingexp.py”, line 340, in graph
    canvas.print_png(image_file)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backends/backend_agg.py”, line 358, in print_png
    FigureCanvasAgg.draw(self)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backends/backend_agg.py”, line 314, in draw
    self.figure.draw(self.renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *args, **kwargs)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/figure.py”, line 773, in draw
    for a in self.axes: a.draw(renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *args, **kwargs)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/axes.py”, line 1735, in draw
    a.draw(renderer)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/artist.py”, line 46, in draw_wrapper
    draw(artist, renderer, *args, **kwargs)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/patches.py”, line 298, in draw
    gc.set_foreground(self._edgecolor)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/backend_bases.py”, line 628, in set_foreground
    self._rgb = colors.colorConverter.to_rgba(fg)
    File “/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/matplotlib/colors.py”, line 353, in to_rgba
    raise ValueError(‘to_rgba: Invalid rgba arg “%s”\n%s’ % (str(arg), exc))
    ValueError: to_rgba: Invalid rgba arg “[‘#3194e0’, ‘#49db50’]”
    need more than 2 values to unpack

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