Computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user.

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Idiomatic location for file based sockets on Debian systems

I am writing a daemon process for a Debian system in C that uses a Unix Domain Socket. If the deamon process's working directory is the root directory, is there an idiomatic directory to place the ...
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How to specify a daemon shutdown command with upstart?

In an upstart configuration how do I define what command should be used to shutdown a server. Lets say I have daemon that has two seperate processes. startup.sh - to start the server shutdown.sh ...
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enable/disable NTP service on Ubuntu 12.04

Our application runs on Ubuntu 12.04 precise. On this server, we have both ntpdate and ntp. How to enable and disable ntp service on-demand? I tried sudo update-rc.d -f ntp remove/default and ...
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vmtoolsd doesn't end after logout

There is a process 'vmtoolsd' /usr/bin/vmtoolsd -n vmusr left when a user logs out. I have to type root password to shutdown or restart because of this. How to prevent this from happening? And what ...
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Use start-stop-daemon for a PHP server

I'm working on a socket server written in PHP. This part of the work is done but now I need to run it as a daemon. For this I've tried to use start-stop-daemon but it doesn't work. My server is ...
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daemonize rtorrent

Just read the man page, but found no option for this. Maybe I missed it, maybe it doesn't exist. I have a server at home I'm SSHing to for rtorrent, but the torrent stops downloading and won't restart ...
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adding a program on start-up by using LSBInitScripts

I use Debian Lenny (I know lenny is old and other bla bla) and would like to place a program on the start-up. I use update-rc.d by adding an executable file on /etc/init.d. By referring to ...
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Installing Debian without a DE [closed]

I'd like to replace Fedora with Debian testing on a laptop... However, I would like to not install any desktop environment along with Debian, and simply install Openbox once the base is there. I've ...
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how to specify daemon dependency upon another daemon

in /etc/init.d/ first daemon # Provides: first # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog second daemon # Provides: second # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog first Is this ...
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How to create a daemon which would be listening to dbus and fire script on message

I want to create a daemon, which would fire up a shell script in the background every time I unlock the screen on my ubuntu. I managed to create such script according to answer to related question: ...
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Running a daemon as a non-privileged user

I am trying to set up a Thin Ruby application server on my Ubuntu VPS. I have created a specific account, installed rbenv under it along with all gems. I am looking for a convenient way to obtain the ...
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How does One Find the PID of a Process Started with startproc?

My understanding is that it's generally a good idea to create a PID file for daemon processes and that startproc is a good way to start these daemons. I know that startproc takes -i and -p arguments ...
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Configuring jackd (JACK daemon) with ALSA

I'm trying to wrap my head around ALSA config files and jackd, but I'm not getting anywhere, other than crashing my machine. The microphone is a USB type and specified in ALSA arecord as -D ...
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Prevent or detect reading of daemon in memory

Is it possible to prevent the memory being used by a daemon to be read by anything else? If not, is it possible to detect an attempt to read? If so, is it possible to get in front of the actual read ...
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How to set proper monitoring of my services in a automated way? So that if one crash it auto on the fly restarts?

How can i setup monitoring to my system services? Either using automated script which scan every moment, if httpd, mysqld, and my custom daemon is running or not, if not running it will automatically ...
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start_daemon fails with exit code 7

I have a daemon called mydaemon.bin and a shell script called start-my-daemon.sh that sets some environment variables and then starts mydaemon.bin, which in turn calls the unix function daemon to ...
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Difference between long running process and daemon?

I'm trying to use Forever to keep my nodejs scripts up and running As per Forever's homepage it says [Long Running Process] The forever process will continue to run outputting log messages to ...
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Understanding when background process gets terminated

I have a script which starts a number of background processes and if works fine when called from the cmdline. However the same script is also called during my xsession startup and additionally on ...
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Properly Setting Red Hat Daemon Umask

I've been trying to figure out the proper location to set daemon umasks in RedHat 5. All my searches lead to setting it in /etc/init.d/functions or /etc/sysconfig/init. What are the pros/cons of ...
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Problem starting a service running Debian

I want to run a UPNP renderer as a service on a Raspberry Pi using Raspian, a Debian based distro. Actually, everything runs fine but one thing : I can't manage to start the service at boot time at ...
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Lock a script starting daemons

I'm run a script with cron: */10 * * * * flock -n /tmp/lock script I have to make sure that only one instance of the script is running at the same time, and for that I'm using flock. The problem is ...
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Get transmission web interface working with web server

I have my working on default port and I want to be able to use the web interface with an URL like http://my.domain/torrents. I tried adding a location and a proxy conf to Nginx but it fail to work ...
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Which script from /etc/init.d/ started the process?

Let's say we have a PID of a process and we know that it was started by init during startup. How do we find the script name that started it? One way is to run grep $PROCESS_NAME /etc/init.d/*, but ...
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How to setup a simple email daemon with autorespond and mail forwarding?

Since my mail provider unfortunately offers neither an autoresponder nor forwarding mail to others during vacancy, I'd like to setup e.g. a RaspberryPi to regularly check my mail account (via POP3 or ...
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What is log_daemon_msg ?

I was looking through /etc/init.d/ssh to get an idea of how a "proper" sys daemon is run at boot (I'm trying to add svnserve to that list). I saw this log_daemon_msg used as a command, but I have no ...
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How do I write a login daemon?

There are many guides to the steps for correctly launching a daemon process, such as Stevens' chapter in Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment. There is less agreement on what steps should be ...
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Why does “su -c <command> &” seemingly allow a command to run in the background without hanging up

I was helping a colleague who was having problems with a background process intermittently dying. I found out that they were starting the background process by logging in to the server and executing: ...
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How to manage fedora services and daemons using the GUI?

I am using Fedora 17, I need a GUI program to start/stop and enable/disable services and daemons. I have installed "system-config-services" but it did not have enable/disable feature(run it with ...
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How to set OOM killer adjustments for daemons permanently?

Running some Linux servers with single or just a few vital system service daemons, I would like to adjust the OOM killer for those daemonized processes in case something odd happens. For example, ...
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What's the difference between running a program as a daemon and forking it into background with '&'?

What are the practical differences from a sysadmin point of view when deploying services on a unix based system?
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/etc/init.d/script, or /etc/inittab - respawn on die

I have a daemon/service (milter-regex), that is dying. I'm only using it temporarily (A few months), so don't care too much, but I want it to restart when it dies. It is an init.d script. 'service ...
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How to check that a daemon is listening on what interface?

Ex.: an sshd is configured to only listen on wlan0. So. Besides checking the sshd_config how can I check that a daemon is listening on what inerface? netstat can do it? how? (OS: openwrt or scientific ...
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Ubuntu12.04: How to disable a daemon process at startup

I normally use service start/stop or initctl start/stop to start or stop a daemon process but now what I am looking for is to disable a daemon process from starting at startup example mysqld. ...
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Upstart: How to respond to startup of a service, thats not part of Upstart?

I'm running Ubuntu server and playing around with Upstart. I have installed PostgreSQL database server which doesn't use Upstart system, however im also writting an Upstart script that starts another ...
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Is there an easy way to create a FreeBSD rc script?

I have a FreeBSD jail in which I run a server using the command: /usr/sbin/daemon /path/to/script.py At the moment I have to run this command every time I restart the machine and the jail starts. ...
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Auto Start MySQL and Apache

How does one get certain daemons to automatically startup on a restart of the server? I found this post on Server Fault but I am looking of a more in depth explanation of how getting a daemon to auto ...
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Why does Redhat's daemon function not have a group setting?

Background: I'm a Ubuntu/Debian fan and most of my development experience has been on that platform but my current employer uses Redhat. I needed to write a simple init.d script and want the ...
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What does `avahi-dnsconfd` daemon?

I've installed KDE desktop, that depends on avahi. It has two daemons avahi-daemon and avahi-dnsconfd. In ArchLinux wiki there is no info about avahi-dnsconfd. I've tried Daemon and Avahi pages.
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is there something like a per-user daemon?

I need to run some background processes that live as long as I am logged in with a certain user. Does there exist something like a per-user daemon? I know only of global daemons that live from ...
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Why does Ubuntu store the daemon logs on /var/log/daemon.log.1 instead of /var/log/daemon.log?

Pretty much what the title says. Trying to cat /var/log/daemon.log doesn't produce any output, while cat /var/log/daemon.log.1 does. Why do daemons store logs to the /var/log/daemon.log.1 file instead ...
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How to log processes in daemon-mode?

I would like to save the standard output of the program motion in a text file. If I don't use motion in daemon-mode I would simply do it by: motion > log.txt But what is the equivalent when I ...
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Heartbeat 3 binding socket error

I've been tying to install Heartbeat3.0.5+Pacemaker1.0.12 on CentOS 6.3 64bit via yum. The installation seems to be successful, but there is a problem when starting Heartbeat. I put some info related ...
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How to prevent atd from running past jobs?

The at daemon is a great tool! However, if a job is scheduled for 8:00 am and the machine is off at that time, at will run the job whenever the machine is booted. What I would like to do is stop it ...
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How Do I Add My Own Daemons in Arch Linux? (BSD-style init)

I have created a symlink to a start/stop/etc. wrapper bash script in /etc/rc.d, added it to DAEMONS=() in rc.conf, but the process it points to isn’t starting on boot, and isn’t showing up in the ...
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Is it good practice to create a background job within an init script if the process can not daemonize itself?

I am fairly new to *nix, and have come across the need to drop multiple processes, that should be run 100% of the time. to background using &. I use the following line in an init.d script to do ...
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daemon function in /init.d does not run the program in the background in fedora13

I use Fedora 13 and am trying to create a service for darkice. I put the script in the /etc/init.d directory and if I use the command service darkice start, the darkice is running in the foreground ...
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Running a command at startup

I recently came across "remind" in Linux. I liked it almost immediately, but for my reminders to pop up, I needed to run 'remind' in daemon mode. Done quite simply using the following command: remind ...
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How to run Dropbox daemon in background?

I'm using Debian 6 and Dropbox. I followed these commands to install it. When I run ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd — Dropbox works and stuff. Problem is that when I close terminal or, even worse, — ...
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Running piped bash script in background

I'm attempting to build a monitoring script to watch localhost communication using netcat. I have two scripts that I've built, one to start the monitoring loop and one for the loop itself. They are as ...
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Is there a JVM daemon?

I'm curious, is there a JVM which runs as an OS daemon, and forks when a new process should be started in it ( i.e. like init, or zygote process on Android )? If no, why not? I am not talking about a ...