[Nagios-devel] Nagios check_ping High RTA

Andreas Ericsson ae at op5.se
Thu May 21 11:02:35 UTC 2009

Muthurasu.Palsamy at slashsupport.com wrote:
> Hi
> a) Whenever i do normal ping(from shell)of a host takes less than 1ms, but when 
> i do ping using check_ping plugin it gives me 20ms and some times its shows less 
> than 1ms.
> So there is an fluctuation happening in nagios check_ping plugin.

Normal ping measures round trip time, whereas check_ping measures round trip time
*average*. Normally when a host that hasn't been connected to for some time is
about to receive a packet, routers and switches have to resolve the hosts ARP
address, which takes 5-20ms in a local network. Since check_ping only sends 5
ICMP ECHO requests by default, the (much) higher initial round trip time plays
a large relative role for it.

> b) Is there any way to avoid those fluctuation?  

Increase the ARP cache size on your switches.

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