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A python library to extend fping

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# fping.py
Python library that uses the fping executable as its ping engine.

### Requirements
* Python 2.7 on Linux or Mac OS X (Python 3.5 compatibility is in the works,
but not there yet.)
* netaddr library (e.g. pip install netaddr)
* Custom, forked build of fping (see Installation).

### Installation
This library requires a forked version of fping, that has an added option to
output the basic alive, unreachable and unresolvable hosts in CSV format.

* Go to https://github.com/NetworkEng/fping and follow the installation
instructions there to compile and install the custom version. Since you will
be downloading the files directly from github, DO NOT skip step 1.
* If you have issues running autogen.sh, please make sure that you have
installed the automake package that is appropriate for your Linux distribution.
* For Mac OS X you will need:
* Xcode installed from the app store (launch it via gui at least once
after install)
* Xcode command line developer tools via 'xcode-select --install'
* Accept the command line license agreement via
'sudo xcodebuild -license accept'
* Install homebrew, and then use 'brew install automake'

### Usage
Though this is a work in progress, in its current state, this script is
intended to be a library that is called and executed either in the (i)python
interpreter / shell, or imported and used by another python script.

Examples:
>>> from fping import FastPing
>>> fp = FastPing()
>>> fp.ping(filename='testing')
# cmd = ['/usr/local/sbin/fping', '-nV', '8.8.8.8',
'www.google.com', '206.190.36.45', 'localhost',
'host.cannotresolve.com']
{'host.cannotresolve.com': 'unresolvable',
'pa-in-f99.1e100.net': 'alive',
'google-public-dns-a.google.com': 'alive',
'localhost': 'unreachable',
'ir1.fp.vip.gq1.yahoo.com': 'alive'}
>>> fp.hosts(filename='testing', status='alive')
'pa-in-f99.1e100.net': 'alive',
'google-public-dns-a.google.com': 'alive',
'ir1.fp.vip.gq1.yahoo.com': 'alive'}
>>> fp.alive
['pa-in-f99.1e100.net',
'google-public-dns-a.google.com',
'ir1.fp.vip.gq1.yahoo.com']
>>> fp.dead
['localhost']
>>> fp.noip
['host.cannotresolve.com']
>>>

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