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Programming language: Haskell
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Tags: Data     Network    
Latest version: v0.1.0.3

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This library provides high-performance functions that issue ICMP echo requests and wait for responses, measuring the elapsed time. It is intended to be cross-platform as possible, and it may use any system APIs available. However, it will not resort to running /bin/ping as a subprocess. Pull requests that improve compatibility will accepted so long as they do not start a subprocess.

Build Instructions

This library relies on posix-api, which needs a currently-unreleased version of hsc2hs in order to build. In order to try out this library, try:

~/dev $ git clone https://github.com/haskell/hsc2hs
~/dev $ cd hsc2hs
~/dev/hsc2hs $ cabal install
~/dev/hsc2hs $ cd ..
~/dev $ git clone https://github.com/andrewthad/ping
~/dev $ cd ping
~/dev/ping $ cabal new-build --with-hsc2hs=~/.cabal/bin/hsc2hs

This will build all dependencies, including posix-api, with the upstream hsc2hs tool.


This project's objective is to be cross-platform. However, it does not accomplish this. The author primarily runs a Debian Linux distribution and consequently lacks the resources and the motivation to make this work on other platforms. Contributions to improve compatibility are welcomed. Current known problems include:

  • On Linux, the library should fallback to using raw sockets if IPPROTO_ICMP does not work.
  • Support for Windows is missing.
  • Support for BSD is missing. However, adding raw socket support to improve the situation on Linux may fix this as well.
  • Support for Darwin is missing. This should not be difficult since Darwin supports IPPROTO_ICMP sockets.