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Is there a version of Ping that has a command line option that outputs the payload returned? If so, can you please point me to it?

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hping can dump the received packet. Try hping -1 -J localhost which will dump the reply's printable characters.

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I couldn't use this one but this is an interesting answer. So, I flagged it as the answer. –  user548971 Nov 6 '13 at 1:23

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