How to install Smokeping on Raspberry Pi

Smokeping is an amazing tool for monitoring a network.

Installing it on raspberry Pi is just 1 line command (however update your system first !!!):

sudo apt-get install smokeping sendmail

It will install a smokeping and sendmail. Of course this is my personal requirement and choice but I had to edit only file:

sudo nano /etc/smokeping/config.d/Targets

as I decided (for now) to block sending email alerts. Careful – if you do not block sending emails in Targets file, smokeping will keep crashing if sendmail is not configured! I blocked sendmail by actually adding # before #alerts = someloss – see config file sample below

Also to get everything working correctly I had to restart system and wait few minutes.

If you expirience any problem, it is worth to watch systemlogs:

tail -f /var/log/syslog

The first few lines of my Targets file looks like this:

*** Targets ***

probe = FPing

menu = Top
title = Network Latency Grapher
remark = Welcome to the SmokePing website of xxx Company. \
Here you will learn all about the latency of our network.


menu = Local
title = Local Network
#parents = owner:/Test/James location:/

++ LocalMachine

menu = Local Machine
title = This host
host = localhost
#alerts = someloss

++ 8-8-8-8
menu =
title =
host =
#alerts = someloss

++ Router
menu = Router:
title = Router:
host =
#alerts = someloss

++ Desktop
menu = Desktop:
title = Desktop:
host =
alerts = someloss

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