Subject Check if server is alive
Author Yves Glodt

I want to make periodic checks whether an FB server is running or not
(the FB service and thus the box itself as well).

Is there a way to connect to port 3050 and send a specifiy string or
packet and get a well defined answer (to see if server is alive or not)?

Or should I make a separate daemon that checks locally whether FB turns
(ps -e | grep ...) and gives me my well defined answer on a tcp socket
when I ask it for?