How to check if a domain is live even if PING is blocked?

Posted on 2004-09-17
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
I have been using PING to check if a domain is live, however, some domains, depsite being available on port 80, are blocking PING.

       $response=shell_exec("ping $site -n -c 1 -w 2 -W 2");

I want a fast way of testing port 80, if it is live or not.  This must be an automated solution as it needs to be part of a script.
Question by:vincevincevince

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ID: 12089033

would this work? (needs netcat installed):
printf "GET / HTTP/1.0\n\n" | nc -w $timout $host $port | perl -pe 'if(m|^HTTP/1\.1 200 OK|) { print "OK\n"; } else { print "NOPE\n";} exit(1);'



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blkline earned 100 total points
ID: 12090018
Perhaps something like:

wget -q -O /dev/null URL && echo "success"


wget -q -O /dev/null URL || echo "failure"

might fit the bill?  

URL can be ftp://  or http:// styles.

wget has quite a number of options from which to choose for timeouts and retries and such.


Author Comment

ID: 12091172
Barry, that is just perfect, thanks :-)

You really deserve the points, I wish I had more to give

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