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I am currently working in a big company and we have serious latency issues. This is happening in a process control system, and is unacceptable (Open a valve sometimes take 2 minuts before command start)

The Network team seems very lazy and I want to check when they say "everything alright on the network".

So, I want to create a loop that ping the server and write the result in a text file.

I am not a batch expert, but do you think this code is correct to use?



time /T
ping xxx.xx.x.x  -t >> filename.txt
sleep -m 3000

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oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping –  Zoredache Oct 11 '11 at 7:43
@Zoredache I cannot install such softwares on a Process control computer: dev.pulsed.net/wp/?p=31 –  Waza_Be Oct 11 '11 at 8:06
"win XP Professional" is not DOS. –  grawity Oct 11 '11 at 12:32
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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Looks fine to me, but there's no need to loop it if you want to continuously ping the IP. Then you could simply do it like this:

set IPADDRESS=x.x.x.x
ping %IPADDRESS% -t >> filename.txt

If you want to ping every X minute, use the loop:

set IPADDRESS=x.x.x.x
ping %IPADDRESS% -n 1 >> filename.txt
timeout %INTERVAL%

As you can see I replaced the sleep command with interval. That's because sleep isn't always available on some systems whereas timeout usually is.

Missing sleep or timeout commands on your system? Don't fret. Just replace timeout with the following hack:

@ping -n %INTERVAL% > nul

This hack simply pings your local address, and since it will respond instantly we can use this to emulate a delay in execution.

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timeout is not recognized as an internal or external command –  Waza_Be Oct 11 '11 at 8:02
@Profete162, do you have the sleep command then? If so, just replace timeout with sleep. What version of Windows are you doing this? –  Marcus Ekwall Oct 11 '11 at 8:14
Same for sleep... I am using win XP Professional –  Waza_Be Oct 11 '11 at 8:21
@Profete162, old school! :) I'll add a secondary method which you can use when those commands are missing. –  Marcus Ekwall Oct 11 '11 at 8:22
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