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= daemon-spawn * http://github.com/alexvollmer/daemon-spawn == DESCRIPTION: Daemon launching and management made dead simple. With daemon-spawn you can start, stop and restart processes that run in the background. Processed are tracked by a simple PID file written to disk. In addition, you can choose to either execute ruby in your daemonized process or 'exec' another process altogether (handy for wrapping other services). == SYNOPSIS: === WRITING A DAEMON: To create a new spawner, write a class that extends <tt>DaemonSpawn::Base</tt> and provides +start+ and +stop+ methods. For example: class MyServer < DaemonSpawn::Base def start(args) # process command-line args # start your bad self end def stop # stop your bad self end end MyServer.spawn!(:log_file => '/var/log/echo_server.log', :pid_file => '/var/run/echo_server.pid', :sync_log => true, :working_dir => File.dirname(__FILE__)) If you need command-line parameters, any arguments passed after one of the commands (start, stop, status or restart) will be passed to the +start+ method. The <tt>spawn!</tt> method takes a hash of symbolized keys. At a minimum you _must_ specify the <tt>:working_dir</tt> option. You can also override the default locations for the log and PID files. If you pass a <tt>:processes</tt> option to the <tt>spawn!</tt>, daemon spawn will start that number of processes. See the <tt>test/servers</tt> directory for working examples. === RUNNING A DAEMON: Let's say that you have the example script listed above in <tt>bin/my_server</tt>. Here are the commands for starting, querying the status, restarting and stopping the daemon: bin/my_server start bin/my_server status bin/my_server restart bin/my_server stop Note that if any additional arguments are passed to either <tt>start</tt> or <tt>restart</tt> those will be passed to the +start+ method of an instance of your daemon class. == REQUIREMENTS: None! == CONTRIBUTIONS: Feel free to fork this project and send me pull requests with any changes that you have. Please note that I won't accept any patches with significant formatting changes or ones without tests. == INSTALL: * sudo gem install daemon-spawn == LICENSE: (The MIT License) Copyright (c) 2009 Evri, Inc. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.