Foolsm - Foobar Link Status Monitor

Foolsm is a Link Status Monitor which can be used to monitor for example a Linux router/firewall connectivity and if you happen to have multiple connections it can change routing when an up/down event happens by utilizing external script.

When a SIGUSR1 is received current connection states are syslogged.

This package is highly influenced by fping and iputils arping. Many thanks for their efforts.

NB: The project had to be renamed due to conflicting directory path(s) with libstoragemgmt-package. Otherwise it is the same as before. Mailing list and web page are kept as they were before renaming.


GPLv2, you should be able to find GNU Public License 2.0 from


As of lsm v0.27, the detection algorithm works like this:

LSM keeps track of

1) the result of the most recent pings (up to 100)

2) the number of consecutive lost pings.

3) the number of consecutive received pings.

Let A == the number of recently lost pings

Let B == the number of consecutive lost pings

Let C == the number of consecutive returned pings

If connection (or group) is UP

AND ( (A >= max_packet_loss) OR (B >= max_successive_pkts_lost) then change the connection (or group) to down.

Else If connection (or group) is DOWN

AND ( (A <= min_packet_loss) AND (C > min_successive_pkts_rcved) ) then change the connection (or group) to up.

Note: LSM assumes each connection starts in unknown state.


Mika Ilmaranta <ilmis at>


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