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This simplest solution is LWP::Simple
use LWP::Simple; my $url="http://cpan.org"; if (! head($url)) { die "The Server is DOWN!!!!" }
an alternative is using a get:
if (! get($url)) {
but that would fetch the content of the page. A head call uses the least resources, just telling you weather the machine is responding to that url.