How to ping with Python / Linux ?

I have to write a script to monitor a mysql connection. Before I do this I want to test if my machine can access Internet by pinging the DNS server of my provider. I have seen very complicated ICMP functions. Does it not exist an obvious and easy to make a ping and return a boolean ?
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He has written ping in pure Python. You can download his code here:

I tried it in Windows and it seems to work just fine. I ran the following command: 4

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proximalAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help. I had found this link with google / python but the code is not very handy. I have found this (better because structurated as a class) :
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