Daemonize is a module derived from Perl's Proc::Daemon module. This module allows you to easily modify any existing Ruby program to run as a daemon. A daemon is a process that runs in the background with no controlling terminal. Generally servers (like FTP and HTTP servers) run as daemon processes. Note, do not make the mistake that a daemon == server. Converting a program to a daemon by hand is a relatively simple process; however, this module will save you the effort of repeatedly looking up the procedure, and it will also insure that your programs are daemonized in the safest and most correct fashion possible.
The Daemonize module does the following:
Forks a child and exits the parent process.
Becomes a session leader (which detaches the program from the controlling terminal).
Forks another child process and exits first child. This prevents the potential of acquiring a controlling terminal.
Changes the current working directory to “/”.
Clears the file creation mask.
Closes file descriptors.
Using the Daemonize module is extremely simple:
require 'daemonize' class TestDaemon include Daemonize def initialize daemonize() loop do # do some work here end end end
Daemonize was written by Travis Whitton and is based on Perl's Proc::Daemonize, which was written by Earl Hood. The above documentation is also partially borrowed from the Proc::Daemonize POD documentation.