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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Feb 2004

    Executing a specific command on event with C or C++

    Hello people,

    I am trying to find a way to create a litle program/script using C
    that its job will be to check a specific ip every eg 5 minutes
    (an endless loop) and if for example one ping will fail to execute an external command and stop.

    Any ideas?

    I already wrote a script tha will send an sms using a http api
    but now I have to think a way how can I run it when a server will fail
    writing a C program...

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  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Have a look at the IcmpSendEcho function[1] for the ping,
    and a look at system()-command to execute external programs.

    Good luck

    [1] http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa366050.aspx
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  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    I may be a little overzealous with daemons here, but shouldn't a daemon be capable of doing this job? If you're not using a *nix machine, I would have no clue how you would go about it though...

    The system() function is a good one, far better than the exec() alternatives in my opinion.

    But it seems a priori that having an endless while() loop would be inefficient. It'd be like asking repeatedly "Is it time yet? How about now? Now? now?!" Disclaimer: you could have very well written something like:

    while(true) {
         do_check(); //checks for whatever you're looking for
         sleep(5*60*1000); // sleeps for 5 * 60 seconds, or 5 minutes
    This is a good solution because it spares CPU cycles. The alternative that I assume you have is something like:

     unsigned int time = current_time();
    while(true) {
         if(current_time() - time == /* 5 minutes */) {
              do_check(); //whatever you're checking
              time = current_time(); // change the time variable
    This is worse because there are more CPU cycles dedicated to checking the difference in time. That's inefficient.

    I myself am inclined to use recursion, but I'm just a whacky coder like that.

    Just my two cents...
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  4. #4
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    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    What about writing a program that only sends the ping once then getting the scheduler to execute it every 5 mins?


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