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The win32-service Library
The win32-service library is an interface for Microsoft Windows services. It allows you to interface with existing services, or create your own service, using pure Ruby code.
What's a Service?
A service is the Windows analogue to a Unix daemon in that it's a process that runs in the background. Unlike a Unix daemon, it has a formal structure with a predefined set of methods (hooks) that govern its behavior. It can be controlled through a standard user interface or the command line, typically using powershell.