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Example 01 HelloWorld

The example demonstrates simple daemon that prints "Hello World!" to log when receiving SIGHUP signal.


The first thing you should do is to import daemonize.d package that exports all inner modules taking in account current OS:

import daemonize.d;

Next step is daemon description. The package uses template to collect all daemon specific info in one place:

alias daemon = Daemon!(

First goes daemon name, it's very important to choose unique name as the name is used as pid/lock file names (in linux if you don't specify your own paths) and as a service name in Windows. Daemonize prevents from running duplicating daemons (in linux you can change lock & pid file paths to override the behavior):

    "MyDaemonName", // unique name

Next goes info about signals that should be caught and processed. Some signals are occupied by druntime (SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2 are taken by GC), daemonize only exports Signals that is safe to catch. In Windows native linux signals are transformed to corresponding events (see also here insert link to wiki).

You can bind one delegate for each native and custom signal (processed by realtime signals in linux). If you return false - shouldExit function in daemon main will return true. Also the daemon logger is passed into each signal handler:

    // Setting associative map signal -> callbacks
        // You can bind same delegate for several signals by Composition template
        // delegate can take additional argument to know which signal is caught
        Composition!(Signal.Terminate, Signal.Quit, Signal.Shutdown, Signal.Stop), (logger, signal)
            return false; // returning false will terminate daemon
        Signal.HangUp, (logger)
            logger.logInfo("Hello World!");
            return true; // continue execution

Main function of the daemon goes further:

    (logger, shouldExit) {
        // will stop the daemon in 5 minutes
        auto time = Clock.currSystemTick + cast(TickDuration)5.dur!"minutes";
        bool timeout = false;
        while(!shouldExit() && time > Clock.currSystemTick) {  }

        logger.logInfo("Exiting main function!");

        return 0;

shouldExit should be int function(shared IDaemonLogger, bool function()) type and is used to stop main function from signal callbacks. As soon as main delegate returns, the daemon terminates. At the example the daemon will auto-stop after 5 minutes.

And last step is starting the daemon. Before the daemon is ran, you should initialize a logger:

int main()
    // For windows is important to use absolute path for logging
    version(Windows) string logFilePath = "C:\\logfile.log";
    else string logFilePath = "logfile.log";

    auto logger = new shared DloggLogger(logFilePath);

And then:

    return buildDaemon!; 

buildDaemon template takes daemon description and provides a set of functions (see also wiki link) to control described daemon. run function takes initiated logger and starts the daemon.

Pid and lock files

By default daemonize creates pid and lock files at "~/.daemonize/$(daemon_name)[.pid,.lock]" (or "%appdata%/.daemonize/%daemon_name%[.pid,.lock]" for Windows). To change the behavior you can pass the paths into run function.

Privileges lowing

For linux platform daemonize can drop root access. If you pass groupid and userid daemon will change permissions for lock/pid files and change it own privileges to the specified values.

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