[hobbit] ping times difference

Alan Sparks asparks at doublesparks.net
Wed Aug 5 16:41:44 CEST 2009

Thomas Bergauer wrote:
> Hi!
> I am using Xymon 4.3.0 beta2 and observing an phenomenon which is not
> clear to me: If I ping a host on the machine the hobbit server is
> running on, I get ping times of 9ms (constantly). 
>   When I watch the hobbit conn page of this host, it reports 60ms
> response time (this value us also shown in the rrd graph) -- but the
> ping is done from the same host than the manual one.
> Could somebody explain me where the different ping times come from?
> Thomas
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This is due to some fundamental problems in the hobbitping program.  It
introduces artificial delays that skew the readings.  While there are
options you can play with to ameliorate those problems, it's better if
you just install fping and use that instead.

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