daemonize2

Module for easy creation of daemons for Node 0.8.x

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Node module for easy creation of daemons for Node 0.8.x and above.

For Node 0.6.x compatibility see daemonize https://github.com/niegowski/node-daemonize

Just write your daemon as plain node.js application (like /examples/simple/app.js) and a simple controller with Daemonize (like /examples/simple/ctrl.js).

Installation

$ npm install daemonize2

Example

var daemon = require("daemonize2").setup({
    main: "app.js",
    name: "sampleapp",
    pidfile: "sampleapp.pid"
});

switch (process.argv[2]) {

    case "start":
        daemon.start();
        break;

    case "stop":
        daemon.stop();
        break;

    default:
        console.log("Usage: [start|stop]");
}

For more examples see examples folder.

Documentation

Daemonize works like standard require() but loaded module is forked to work in background as a daemon.

Keep in mind that stdin, stdout and stderr are redirected to /dev/null so any output from daemon won't display in console. You need to use file for logging (ie like /examples/advanced/app.js).

Also any uncaught exception won't be displayed in the console, so process.on("uncaughtException", ...) should be used to redirect output to some log file.

daemonize.setup(options)

Creates new Daemon instance. Supported options:

  • main - main application module file to run as daemon (required); string
  • name - daemon name (default: basename of main); string
  • pidfile - pidfile path (default: /var/run/[name].pid); string
  • user - name or id of user (default: current); string
  • group - name or id of group (default: current); string
  • umask - file mode mask (default: 0); number or string
  • silent - disable printing info to console (default: false); boolean
  • stopTimeout - interval (ms) of daemon killing retry (default: 2s); number
  • args - additional node runtime arguments, ie --debug; array or string
  • argv - argv for daemon (default: process.argv.slice(2)); array or string

All paths are resolved relative to file that uses "daemonize".

All commandline arguments will be passed to the child process unless overriden with argv option.

Daemon

Daemon control class. It references controlled daemon.

Event: "starting"

function() { }

Emitted when start() is called and if daemon is not already running.

Event: "started"

function(pid) { }

Emitted when daemon successfully started after calling start().

Event: "running"

function(pid) { }

Emitted when start() is called and a daemon is already running.

Event: "stopping"

function() { }

Emitted when stop() or kill() is called and a daemon is running.

Event: "stopped"

function(pid) { }

Emitted when daemon was successfully stopped after calling stop() or kill().

Event: "notrunning"

function() { }

Emitted when stop() or kill() is called and a deamon is not running.

Event: "error"

function(error) { }

Emitted when start() failed. error is instance of Error. error.message contains information what went wrong.

daemon.start([listener])

Start daemon asynchronously. Emits running in case when daemon is already running and starting when daemon is not running. Then emits started when daemon is successfully started.

Optional listener callback is once called on running, started or error event. The callback gets two arguments (err, pid).

Emits error in case of any problem during daemon startup.

daemon.stop([listener])

Asynchronously stop daemon. Sends SIGTERM to daemon every 2s (or time set in options).

Emits notrunning when daemon is not running, otherwise emits stopping and then stopped when daemon successfully stopped.

Optional listener callback is once called on notrunning, stopped or error event. The callback gets two arguments (err, pid).

daemon.kill([listener])

Kill daemon asynchronously. Sends SIGTERM and after 2s SIGKILL to the child if needed. Repeats sending SIGKILL every 2s untill daemon stops (interval can be changed in options).

Emits events same as stop().

Optional listener callback is same as stop.

daemon.status()

Synchronously returns pid for running daemon or 0 when daemon is not running.

daemon.sendSignal(signal)

Synchronously sends signal to daemon and returns pid of daemon or 0 when daemon is not running.

Changelog

Daemonize is maintained under the [Semantic Versioning] (https://github.com/niegowski/semver/blob/master/semver.md) guidelines.

0.4.2 - Jun 09 2013

  • update node version dependency

0.4.1 - Jun 09 2013

  • split args and argv on whitespaces
  • added umask option

0.4.0 - Jun 05 2013

  • added argv option

0.4.0-rc.6 - Nov 28 2012

  • args option to enable node arguments ie --debug
  • fix for: Wrapper seems to eat one argument

0.4.0-rc.5 - Aug 28 2012

  • Wrapper is transparent now

0.4.0-rc.4 - Aug 16 2012

  • The callback for start, stop and kill handles errors

0.4.0-rc.3 - Aug 14 2012

  • Optional callback argument for start, stop and kill

0.4.0-rc.2 - Jul 29 2012

  • Passing command line arguments to child process

0.4.0-rc.1 - Jul 29 2012

  • Daemonize forked as Daemonize2 for Node 0.8.x compatibility
  • Removed native module for setsid - using child_process.spawn detached
  • Passing options via ipc instead of command line arguments
  • Rethrowing wrapper exceptions via ipc

0.3.2 - Jul 29 2012

  • Daemonize is compatible only with Node 0.6.x

0.3.1 - Apr 2 2012

0.3.0 - Jan 29 2012

  • Daemon emits Events instead of console.log()
  • API change - events in place of callbacks

0.2.2 - Jan 27 2012

  • root priviledges no longer required
  • changed error exit codes
  • try to remove pidfile on daemon stop
  • configurable timeouts for start monitoring and killing
  • closing FD-s on daemon start
  • better examples

0.2.1 - Jan 26 2012

  • fix for calling callback in stop/kill when process is not running

0.2.0 - Jan 26 2012

  • code refactor
  • stop listening for uncaughtException
  • logfile removed

0.1.2 - Jan 25 2012

  • fixed stdout, stderr replacement
  • checking for daemon main module presence
  • signals change (added custom signals)
  • better log messages
  • gracefull terminate in example app
  • close logfile on process exit

0.1.1 - Jan 24 2012

  • print stacktrace for uncaughtException

0.1.0 - Jan 24 2012

  • First release

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Kuba Niegowski

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