pping [-i|–interface interfaces] [-f|–use_fping] noderange

pping [-h|–help]

pping {-v|–version}


pping is a utility used to ping a list of nodes in parallel. pping will return an unsorted list of nodes with a ping or noping status. pping front-ends nmap or fping if available.

This command does not support the xcatd client/server communication. It must be run on the management node.


-i|–interface interfaces

A comma separated list of network interface names that should be pinged instead of the interface represented by the nodename/hostname. The following name resolution convention is assumed: an interface is reachable by the hostname <nodename>-<interface>. For example, the ib2 interface on node3 has a hostname of node3-ib2.

If more than one interface is specified, each interface will be combined with the nodenames as described above and will be pinged in turn.


Use fping instead of nmap


Show usage information.


Display the installed version of xCAT.


  1. pping all

    node1: ping
    node2: ping
    node3: noping
  2. pping all -i ib0,ib1

    node1-ib0: ping
    node2-ib0: ping
    node3-ib0: noping
    node1-ib1: ping
    node2-ib1: ping
    node3-ib1: noping


psh(1)|psh.1, noderange(3)|noderange.3