Today two of my servers went down. It turned out, that the datacenter they are hosted in had a slight connectivity hiccup – nothing serious. While I was battling my monitoring system and frantically typed support tickets, I wanted an audible alert if the hosts where reachable again in the meantime.
That’s when I thought of OS X’s text to speech system and devised the following little shell script.
It will announce that the host is back up with your configured standard voice as soon as there is a ping response and then quit. Just copy it in your
.bashrc file call it with the desired hostname or IP address, leave it running in a Terminal window in the background and turn up your speakers.