[smokeping-users] fping 3: new version with improved performance, please test
david at schweikert.ch
Fri Dec 16 22:43:50 CET 2011
Dear SmokePing community:
I am about to announce fping version 3 (see the announcement text that I
prepared for it below). Before releasing it officially and calling it
"3.0", I'd like to ask for any volunteer to test a release candidate,
available here: http://fping.org/dist/
This new version includes a completely reworked main loop, which should
really make a difference in the total run time of fping. I am interested
to hear if it works well for you and if you get similar results as
------ DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FPING 3.0 --------
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(fping version 3.0-rc2)
What is fping?
fping is a program to send ICMP echo probes to network hosts, similar
to ping, but much better performing when pinging multiple hosts.
fping has a long long story: Roland Schemers did publish a first
version of it in 1992 and it has established itself since then as
a standard tool.
Announcing version 3
There has been no official fping release since 2002. Various patches
exist, but were never integrated "upstream". Also, the current
maintainer doesn't answer emails, so I decided to just step up and
take over maintenanceship. If you disagree, please contact me.
To mark this change of maintenance, and avoid confusion, I have
decided to call it version 3. Besides a new maintainer, fping now also
features a completely rewritten main loop implementation which
improves performance significantly. The run time is now close to the
theoretical time required to send and receive the pings under the
fping 3.0 includes the following changes, compared to the last
released version 2.4b2-to-ipv6:
- Debian patches until version 2.4b2-to-ipv6-16.
- Modifications by Tobias Oetiker for SmokePing (2.4b2-to4)
- Reimplemented main loop for improved performance (me)
Where to get
(see also that link for any feedback)
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