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The usual way to run beanstalkd is to type its name in a Unix shell prompt, like this: $ beanstalkd This will start up the process and give you control over it. You can control its output (by default output is printed to the screen; you can arrange to have output go into file b.log by typing ">b.log" at the end of the command line), pause and restart the process (by pressing Control-Z and typing "fg"), and kill it (by pressing Control-C). This is most convenient while writing programs that use beanstalkd (or when working on beanstalkd itself), since you might want to start and stop it many times and regularly inspect its output. If you want beanstalkd to start when your operating system boots, the mechanism varies. Traditionally, you must add a command line to the shell script in /etc/rc (which is read by init when the system boots), using the "&" notation to run beanstalkd in the background. This would suffice for most situations, but it isn't always possible. These days, many popular operating systems have a replacement init program with its own configuration language. Example configuration files for several of these are included in subdirectories here, but the most common is probably "System V init", which reads /etc/inittab for lines describing commands to run at various times. If this file exists, you can add a line something like bean:345:respawn:su nobody -c 'exec /usr/bin/beanstalkd' and type "telinit q" to tell init to reread its configuration. Type "man 5 inittab" for details of this notation.