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a superdaemon for hot-deploying server programs
Perl Perl6
Latest commit 2c0db40 @kazuho Checking in changes prior to tagging of version 0.32.
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+0.32 2015-08-25T02:09:18Z
+	- fix compatibility issue on Solaris (thanks to Syohei YOSHIDA) #40
 0.31 2015-07-20T02:38:57Z
 	- do not remove the socket file when becoming a daemon (thanks to andyjones) #34 #36
 	- emit name of the directory to which it failed to chdir(2) (thanks to tokuhirom) #33


Server::Starter - a superdaemon for hot-deploying server programs


# from command line
% start_server --port=80 my_httpd

# in my_httpd
use Server::Starter qw(server_ports);

my $listen_sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(
    Proto => 'tcp',
$listen_sock->fdopen((values %{server_ports()})[0], 'w')
    or die "failed to bind to listening socket:$!";

while (1) {
    if (my $conn = $listen_sock->accept) {


It is often a pain to write a server program that supports graceful restarts, with no resource leaks. Server::Starter solves the problem by splitting the task into two. One is start_server, a script provided as a part of the module, which works as a superdaemon that binds to zero or more TCP ports or unix sockets, and repeatedly spawns the server program that actually handles the necessary tasks (for example, responding to incoming commenctions). The spawned server programs under Server::Starter call accept(2) and handle the requests.

To gracefully restart the server program, send SIGHUP to the superdaemon. The superdaemon spawns a new server program, and if (and only if) it starts up successfully, sends SIGTERM to the old server program.

By using Server::Starter it is much easier to write a hot-deployable server. Following are the only requirements a server program to be run under Server::Starter should conform to:

  • receive file descriptors to listen to through an environment variable
  • perform a graceful shutdown when receiving SIGTERM

A Net::Server personality that can be run under Server::Starter exists under the name Net::Server::SS::PreFork.


  • server_ports

    Returns zero or more file descriptors on which the server program should call accept(2) in a hashref. Each element of the hashref is: (host:port|port|path_of_unix_socket) => file_descriptor.

  • start_server

    Starts the superdaemon. Used by the start_server script.


Kazuho Oku




This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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