rolo -- Prevents a program from running more than one copy at a time
$0 [options] command [arguments]
Start an application and/or prevent it from running twice by simply
checking if there is a network socket that is open by the application
rolo prevents a program from running more than one copy at a time;
it is useful with cron to make sure that a job doesn't run before a
previous one has finished.
robo.rb is a ruby version of Timothy
program https://github.com/timkay/solo with some more options.
Please run the command
rolo without any arguments for more details.
This program can be installed by using RubyGems
gem install --remote rolo
You can build and install it locally
git clone git://github.com/icy/rolo.git cd rolo gem build rolo.gemspec gem install --local rolo-VERSION.gem
HOW IT WORKS
--no-bind option is used, the program will simply assume that
the port is open by another program and it will only check if that port
is open or not. Otherwise, see below.
Before starting your
rolo will open a
socket on a local address (or address specified by option
This socket will be closed after your command exits, and as long as
your command is running, we have a chance to check its status by
checking the status of this socket. If it is still open when
rolo exits without invoking a new instance of command.
However, if your
<command> closes all file descriptors at the time it
rolo will be sucked. (See
EXAMPLE for details and for
a trick when using
ssh.) If that the cases, you may
use the option
--port to specify a socket that your
command binds on.
Here are some simple examples and applications. Feel free to contribute.
Create SSH tunnels (OpenSSH older than 5.6p1)
To create tunnel to a remote server, you can use this ssh command
ssh -fN remote -L localhost:1234:localhost:10000
This allows you to connect to the local port 1234 on your mahince
as same as conneting to address
localhost:10000 on remote server.
ssh will go to background immediately after it authenticates
successfully with the remote.
To keep this tunnel persistent, you can add this to your crontab
rolo -p 4567 \ ssh remote -fNL localhost:1234:localhost:10000
and allows this line to be executed once every 5 minutes.
will check if your ssh command is still running. If 'yes', it will
simply exit; if 'no',
rolo will start the ssh command.
With OpenSSH 5.6p1 or later
However, if you use OpenSSH 5.6p1 (or later),
ssh will close all file
descriptors from the parent (except for
As the socket opened by
rolo is closed,
rolo will always
start new instance of the
ssh tunnel. (Actually I had process
on my system when I used the original program
solo to launch my
ssh has option to bind on the local address.
Using this option we can trick
rolo as below
rolo -p 4567 \ ssh remote -fN \ -L localhost:1234:localhost:10000 \ -L %address:%port:localhost:12345
The last use of option
-L will ask
ssh to open a socket on
%address:%port (the real values will be provided by
and it will be checked by
rolo in its next run. Please note that
we use a random port
12345 to prevent local connections to
%address:%port from being forwarded to remote.
Another way is to use option
rolo -p 1234 -a 127.0.0.1 \ ssh remote -fNL localhost:1234:localhost:10000
And this is another way
rolo -p 1234 -a 127.0.0.1 \ ssh remote -fNL %address:%port:localhost:10000
Create ssh tunnels: the cleanest way
--no-bind option, you can event do something cleaner
rolo --no-bind -p 1234 -a 127.0.0.1 \ ssh remote -fN -L localhost:1234:localhost:10000
ssh would listen on the local port
1234, we may just ask
rolo to check if that port is open. If
yes, it's sure that our
tunnel is running and
rolo will simply exit. Otherwise,
rolo will start new
Start VirtualBox guests
To make sure that your VirtualBox Windows guest is always running, you can use:
rolo -a 220.127.116.11 -p 3389 --no-bind \ VBoxManage startvm foobar --type headless
18.104.22.168 is the guest's address, and
3389 is the port
that is used by
rdesktop service on the guest.