Aug 31, 2016

Handy tool to wait for remote TCP port to open - TCP "ping"

Lack of some basic tool to "wait for connection" in linux toolkit always annoyed me to no end.

root@alarm~:~# reboot
Shared connection to 10.0.1.75 closed.

% ssh root@10.0.1.75

...time passes, ssh doesn't do anything...

ssh: connect to host 10.0.1.75 port 22: No route to host

% ssh root@10.0.1.75
ssh: connect to host 10.0.1.75 port 22: Connection refused
% ssh root@10.0.1.75
ssh: connect to host 10.0.1.75 port 22: Connection refused
% ssh root@10.0.1.75
ssh: connect to host 10.0.1.75 port 22: Connection refused

...[mashing Up/Enter] start it up already!...

% ssh root@10.0.1.75
ssh: connect to host 10.0.1.75 port 22: Connection refused
% ssh root@10.0.1.75

root@alarm~:~#

...finally!
Working a lot with ARM boards, can have this thing repeating few dozen times a day.
Same happens on every power-up, after fiddling with sd cards, etc.

And usually know for a fact that I'll want to reconnect to the thing in question asap and continue what I was doing there, but trying luck a few times with unresponsive or insta-failing ssh is rather counter-productive and just annoying.

Instead:

% tping 10.0.1.75 && ssh root@10.0.1.75
root@alarm~:~#

That's it, no ssh timing-out or not retrying fast enough, no "Connection refused" nonsense.

tping (code link, name is ping + fping + tcp ping) is a trivial ad-hoc script that opens new TCP connection to specified host/port every second (default for -r/--retry-delay) and polls connections for success/error/timeout (configurable) in-between, exiting as soon as first connection succeeds, which in example above means that sshd is now ready for sure.

Doesn't need extra privileges like icmp pingers do, simple no-deps python3 script.

Used fping as fping -qr20 10.0.1.75 && ssh root@10.0.1.75 before finally taking time to write that thing, but it does what it says on the tin - icmp ping, and usually results in "Connection refused" error from ssh, as there's gap between network and sshd starting.

One of these "why the hell it's not in coreutils or util-linux" tools for me now.

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