Checking the Network Connection

Check whether the server and the client systems can contact each other across the network.

Use the ping command to see if you can reach the server system from the client and vice versa. For example, the following command attempts to send two 64-byte packets to a system named fractal:

/etc/ping fractal 64 2

xxyyzz-have frank check the following... (For hp version also) HP-UX systems use two basic techniques for accessing other systems on the network. The most powerful is a process called named. When named is running on a system it should be able to reach any other system on the network. When named is not running, the system relies on the list of names in the file /etc/hosts.

The following explanation uses the terms system A and system B to explain the process in general terms: