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I often have to ping servers for connectivity status. Is there a way to save the ping results (output) in a text file so that I can save entire day's ping results in a text file.

I am using Windows XP SP3.

Ping example:

ping 192.168.1.1 -t 

(using windows' ping)

or

ping 192.168.1.1

(using cygwin)
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Use redirection, for example:

ping 192.168.1.1 -t > filename.txt

This will redirect all (standard) output from the program into filename.txt, which will be created if it doesn't exist and overwritten if it does.

You can use >> instead of > to redirect the output to a file and append the results to the end of the file, instead of overwriting (with thanks to @Jane T for the reminder).

Note that you will not receive the normal on-screen output if you do this.

Update in response to comment

To delay between pings and record the time of each, you can do some scripting.

Here is a quick Windows batch file I've thrown together. It prints the time, pings Google, then waits for 3 seconds before repeating itself. I'm not a batch file expert so if anyone spots any problems please flag them up! And this probably isn't the "best" way to achieve what you are after - that might make for a separate question really.

@ECHO OFF

:LOOPSTART

time /T
ping www.google.com -n 4
sleep -m 3000

GOTO LOOPSTART

Save this in a .bat file somewhere, edit the ping target and delay time as you need it, then run the .bat using redirection to pump the output of the whole thing to a file. You may need to replace the sleep -m 3000 command with timeout /T 3 depending on your Windows version.

Note that this batch file never ends, but can be terminated by Ctrl + C and then Y if run from cmd. (You must press Y because it asks if you want to stop the batch file - even though you cannot see the question because you've redirected the output!)

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  • thanks! works well, can I show current time along with every ping, or can I change the duration between two pings – abel Oct 7 '10 at 12:22
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    You'd have to do some scripting for this, ping won't be able to do it for you. – Azz Oct 7 '10 at 12:25
  • Azz beat me to it - for that you'd need to change ping itself to output something different, or do some interesting scripting effort to - for example - output a timestamp, ping, wait 10seconds, repeat. – DMA57361 Oct 7 '10 at 12:28
  • glad to hear it can be done. waiting for more. has windows scripting got to do anything with this – abel Oct 7 '10 at 12:32
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    "so that I can save entire day's ping results in a text file" You will need to use >> to append data to the output file. – Jane T Oct 7 '10 at 12:51
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If you are using the command prompt just redirect it to a text file using this format

ping 192.168.1.1 > ping.txt

That will do it.

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You can use:

> ping 192.168.1.1 -t > ping-results
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    Using > as your PS1 shell prompt is really confusing when the command also includes a > for redirection. – Scott Aug 22 '20 at 20:24
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I wrote the script that pings google.com every 5 seconds and logging results with current time. Here you can find output to variables "commandLineStr" (with indices)

@echo off

:LOOPSTART

echo %DATE:~0% %TIME:~0,8% >> Pingtest.log

SETLOCAL ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION
SET scriptCount=1
FOR /F "tokens=* USEBACKQ" %%F IN (`ping google.com -n 1`) DO (
  SET commandLineStr!scriptCount!=%%F
  SET /a scriptCount=!scriptCount!+1
)
@ECHO %commandLineStr1% >> PingTest.log
@ECHO %commandLineStr2% >> PingTest.log
ENDLOCAL

timeout 5 > nul

GOTO LOOPSTART
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Also if you want to see the ping results in display you can use this code

@ECHO OFF
:LOOPSTART
date /T >>Pingtest.log
time /T >>Pingtest.log
REM this line show you the ping results in display
ping 8.8.8.8 -n 1 

REM this line print the ping results in the log file
ping 8.8.8.8 -n 10 >>PingTest.log
sleep -m 1000
GOTO LOOPSTART
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::PIng ISP Every 1 Seconds and write date , time and result to Text File

@ECHO OFF
:LOOPSTART
date /T >>Pingtest.log
time /T >>Pingtest.log
ping 8.8.8.8 -n 1 >>PingTest.log
sleep -m 1000
GOTO LOOPSTART
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Try this

#!/bin/bash

ping -i 0.5  google.com | while read pingresponse; do echo "$(date): $pingresponse"; done > pingStream.txt
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    (1) @AndrewMorton: I’m not sure that your comment is entirely valid, since the question indicates that Cygwin is available.  But (2) saxjax: What’s with the -i?  My Windows ping says “Bad value for option -i, valid range is from 1 to 255.” and my Cygwin ping doesn’t recognize -i at all.  Also, (3) we don’t like code-only answers.  It is better to explain what your code is doing and how it is doing it. – Scott Aug 22 '20 at 20:19

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