Detecting computers on network

Sybren Stuvel sybrenUSE at
Fri Jul 22 09:59:15 CEST 2005

linuxfreak enlightened us with:
> How about sending an ICMP echo packet to your broadcast address and
> checking which hosts send a reply

Won't work on all boxes. Windows boxes ignore broadcast pings, for

I'd go for a call to "nmap -sP" instead, and filter it's output.

The problem with the world is stupidity. Not saying there should be a
capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the
safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself? 
                                             Frank Zappa

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