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gping Snap Status

Ping, but with a graph

Install and run

If you're using Linux you can install gping using snap:

sudo snap install gping && sudo snap connect gping:network-observe

Then just execute as usual using the gping command.

Using pip

Created/tested with Python 3.4 and 2.7.

pip3 install pinggraph

Tested on Windows, Ubuntu and OS X. After installation just run:

gping [yourhost]

If you don't give a host then it pings google.

Why?

My apartments internet is all 4g, and while it's normally pretty fast it can be a bit flakey. I often found myself running ping -t google.com in a command window to get a rough idea of the network speed, and I thought a graph would be a great way to visualize the data. I still wanted to just use the command line though, so I decided to try and write a cross platform one that I could use. And here we are.

Code

For a quick hack the code started off really nice, but after I decided pretty colors were a good addition it quickly got rather complicated. Inside pinger.py is a function plot(), this uses a canvas-like object to "draw" things like lines and boxes to the screen. I found on Windows that changing the colors is slow and caused the screen to flicker, so theres a big mess of a function called process_colors to try and optimize that. Don't ask.

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