Clair Crossupton Clair Crossupton - 1 year ago 67
R Question

How to determine if you have an internet connection in R

Sometimes I need to download data from the internet. On occasions this has failed either because the website is down or because my computer has lost its internet connection.

Question: Is there some function in R which will return TRUE/FALSE as to whether I am connected to the internet?

Answer Source

Here is an attempt at parsing the output from ipconfig/ifconfig, as suggested by Spacedman.

havingIP <- function() {
  if (.Platform$OS.type == "windows") {
    ipmessage <- system("ipconfig", intern = TRUE)
  } else {
    ipmessage <- system("ifconfig", intern = TRUE)
  validIP <- "((25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)[.]){3}(25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)"
  any(grep(validIP, ipmessage))

With a simple TRUE/FALSE output

> havingIP()
[1] TRUE
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