Checking for network connectivity

Jefferson Kirkland numberwhun at
Thu Jun 19 21:09:34 CEST 2008

>From the socket module, you could use the s.connect(address) function.   It
returns a 0 on success or the value of errno on failure.



On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 2:36 PM, felciano <felciano at> wrote:

> Hi --
> Is there a clean pythonic way to check for network connectivity? I
> have a script that needs to run periodically on a laptop to create a
> local cache of some network files. I would like it to fail gracefully
> when disconnected, as well as issue a warning if it hasn't been able
> to connect for X minutes / hours.
> I currently just use try / except to catch the network errors when the
> first call times out, but the timeout takes a while, and this doesn't
> feel like the right design because technically this isn't an exception
> -- it is expected behavior. Is there a better way to do this (and
> still be reasonably portable)?
> Thanks,
> Ramon
> --
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