Network interface failure detection

Abhas Abhinav abhas at
Sun Mar 17 23:13:08 PST 2002

Hi Laxmi...

On Fri, 15 Mar 2002, lakshmi wrote:

>--|Does anybody know about a means by which
>--|it can be found out whether a network
>--|interface card has failed or somebody has
>--|pulled out the ethernet cable?
>--|For example, there is a routing socket API
>--|using which it can be found if a route was
>--|added or not.
>--|Similarly will the IP layer or the data link
>--|layer report some sort of an indication of
>--|the ethernet card fails? Is it possible to
>--|detect at the IP layer or at the data link
>--|layer if the ethernet cable was pulled out?

If you go to you will be able to
find such diagnostic software for most network cards. Depending upon the
make of your network card you can download the program sources and
compile them. These diagnostic programs will be able to tell you what
you need.

hope this helps,


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