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Bug 13211 - ping ignores -c and -w options for non-local hosts
Summary: ping ignores -c and -w options for non-local hosts
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 8724
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: netkit-base
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeff Johnson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2000-06-29 14:21 UTC by bernd
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-07-18 10:34:47 UTC

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Description bernd 2000-06-29 14:21:45 UTC
The following works only if a host is on the local subnet and down:
ping -c 5 (or ping -w 5

For non local host, this will run forever or until stopped by Ctrl-C:
ping -w 2
PING (aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd) from (rrr.sss.ttt.uuu) 56(84)
bytes of data.
(time passes, much more than 2 seconds, pressing Ctrl-C)
--- ping statistics ---
43 packets transmitted, 0 packets received, 100% packet loss

The same happens with '-c 2'.

RedHat 6.1, netkit-base-0.10-37.
The problem does not exist in RedHat 5.2 (netkit-base-0.10-13).

Comment 1 bernd 2000-07-18 10:34:45 UTC
This bug will be propably marked as a duplicate of bug 8724, with the suggestion
to install iputils from the rawhide distribution.  Two comments:
a) iputils from rawhide can not be installed with the standard rpm
command          (error message: "only packages with major numbers <= 3 are
supported by this     version of RPM")
b) It is in my eyes a bad idea to put a bugfix for one package (netkit-base)in
   a package with a different name (iputils).  That breaks the idea behind
the      -F option of the rpm command.  At least for distributions that come
with         netkit-base there should also be fix with the same name.

Comment 2 Pekka Savola 2000-07-18 22:09:36 UTC
If this is important for you, I suggest you install rpm-3.0.5 binary from and --rebuild iputils SRPM using it.  That way
you can use it in 6.x too.

I agree that "change" of package name can be unfortunate, but you just can't
stick to certain names and contents forever and also try to maintain full
backward compatibility; That'd be just too much work.  Linux world is developing
and changing rapidly :). Critical bugfixes and security issues are usually
packported though.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 8724 ***

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