Python ping script

I am trying to write a Python script that pings IP addresses and outputs whether each ping succeeded. So far I have the following code, but the output seems inaccurate. Namely, when I run the script, it pings each hostname as expected but the output is only ever all up or all down.

import os

hostname0 = "10.40.161.2"
hostname1 = "10.40.161.3"
hostname2 = "10.40.161.4"
hostname3 = "10.40.161.5"

response = os.system("ping -c 1 " + hostname0)
response = os.system("ping -c 1 " + hostname1)
response = os.system("ping -c 1 " + hostname2)
response = os.system("ping -c 1 " + hostname3)

if response == 0:
    print hostname0, 'is up'
    print hostname1, 'is up'
    print hostname2, 'is up'
    print hostname3, 'is up'
else:
    print hostname0, 'is down'
    print hostname1, 'is down'
    print hostname2, 'is down'
    print hostname3, 'is down'
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Answers

answered 1 week ago ndmeiri #1

You should print the result immediately after pinging each hostname. Try this:

import os

hostnames = [
    '10.40.161.2',
    '10.40.161.3',
    '10.40.161.4',
    '10.40.161.5',
]

for hostname in hostnames:
    response = os.system('ping -c 1 ' + hostname)
    if response == 0:
        print hostname, 'is up'
    else:
        print hostname, 'is down'

Also, you should consider using the subprocess module instead of os.system() as the latter is deprecated.

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