[smokeping-users] Default ping hosts

Paul Bourke pauldbourke at gmail.com
Thu May 28 18:19:26 CEST 2009

Thanks for the reply;

Yes Im aware that the package maintainers may mess with the config but lets
assume the default config that tarball from
http://oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping/pub/ uses.

What do you mean by 'non existent ones'..?  I mean, I understand that
putting some sort of server in there would most likely result in a DOS, but
the packets surely are been sent somewhere?  How else can it measure RTT
through ping?

The config is quite uninformative in this regard..

2009/5/28 G.W. Haywood <ged at jubileegroup.co.uk>

> Hi there,
> On Thu, 28 May 2009, Paul Bourke wrote:
> > I was wondering, on a default install of smokeping (ubuntu 8.10), what
> > host/hosts does it ping by default to measure RTT?
> I can't speak for Ubuntu, but as Debian is likely to be fairly similar
> I'd say the answer is probably 'a bunch of non-existent ones'.
> I can't see that there would be any sense in putting a real 'default
> host' in the config, since the odds are that it would be completely
> irrelevant to the majority of users.  Furthermore with a popular
> distribution you'd probably wind up DOSing the hapless default host
> when thousands of people fire up a network application without reading
> the documentation.  Or even the config. :)
> If you look in the configuration on the machine, it should tell you
> what you need to know.  Alternatively, if this is just a hypothetical
> question, you could contact the maintainer responsible for Smokeping
> on Ubuntu and ask, or download the package file and look in there.
> Many distributions will offer any given package, and they do all kinds
> of strange things with it (patch it, change the default locations of
> nearly everything, setuid, run it in a sandbox...).  It's unreasonable
> to expect the people who create the packages to keep abreast of all
> the strange things that distribution packagers do with them.
> --
> 73,
> Ged.
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