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

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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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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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Daemon's open file limit is reached even though the system limits have been increased

I am running Debian wheezy. File limits are increased to 100000 for every user. ulimit -a and ulimit -Hn / -Sn show me the right amounts of maximum open file limits even in screen. But for some reason ...
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How to check whether a process is daemon or not?

I have written a small daemon that starts at the boot time and does all the things perfectly like writing in the log file. But I want to know, how can we check whether that process is daemon or not? ...
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Daemon /etc/init.d message on Debian

When I start/stop/restart a daemon (eg. apache2), no message appears. I am on Debian testing (jessie). On my old server (Debian testing too), messages are displayed: root@old-server # ...
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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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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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High precision scheduler daemon

I'm looking for a scheduler daemon like cron, but with at least seconds precision so I can use it for a radio automation app. I've heard conflicting rumors about cron's ability to handle seconds. If ...
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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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I stopped MiniSSDPD, will something bad happen?

I have been trying to harden my Debian system by stopping and disabling the 20 or so unnecessary services listening by default. One of them is called "minissdpd". Apparently this provides "discovery" ...
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Essential tasks of a routing daemon in Linux [closed]

What I have understood so far from some software router projects already there (e.g. bird), there are some essential subtasks for routing in Linux. Task 1: Get a routing table first (using ip route ...
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MongoDB “service” on clean Redhat can not be started

I just bring up Redhat 6.5 64-bit from AWS and did the below things: Disabled SELinux Disabled Iptables All ports opened in Security Group Rebooted Then i just followed, both of the below ...
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Multiple daemons init script

I have two daemons currently running on my development server (OpenSUSE 12). There are two daemon that work together as a whole and must start together and die together. Is there a standard way to ...
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Methods to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable when started

What are the clever ways to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable if started? For example snmpd or sshd. One option is probably to check the CONFIGURATION FILES or FILES section ...
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Daemons fall into what category?

Above system call, there are library routines, utilities and applications. Do daemons fall into any of these categories or they have their own category?
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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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Kill wifi connection

I am trying to debug my wifi which does not work so I want to stop wpa_suppliciant and apply the -d option If I first kill -9 <pid> Then ps -A | grep wpa returns a new pid I am on ...
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nfsd fails to start: modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.18-238.1.1.el5/modules.dep: No such file or directory

Before asking, here are some system specs: [root@SERVER ~]# cat /etc/*release **##############CARS build log for cars20-rhel-x86_64############## Date: Mon Feb 28 20:06:05 PST 2011 Builder: ...
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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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What program constantly reads e-mails and could execute actions under certain conditions?

I need a program that would be running as a daemon, connecting to mail server and reading inbox of a specified e-mail address (provided with password, of course =) ). If certain conditions are met, ...
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Startscript: using $! to create pidfile - returning wrong pid (off by one) occasionally

We have 3 instances of redis running on a test server. For some reason, our start script which starts redis can write the wrong pid to a file. Here is what it's doing: su redis -c "redis-server ...
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Writing own daemon. systemd error: Failed to read PID from file: Invalid argument

I'm trying to write own daemon a la very simple MPD (it's operating systems laboratory work). I made it work: it starts like a daemon (output of ps): 1 14877 14877 14877 ? -1 Ss 0 ...
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start-stop-daemon not working as expected, no pid file was written

I'm trying to control a python based program (which doesn't detach itself from console) #!/bin/bash user=nobody pid=/var/run/xx.pid name=xx prog=/xx.py case $1 in start) ...
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Execute snippet of code when key is pressed [duplicate]

I want to create a process in Linux which waits for some particular keys to be pressed and executes a snippet of code and goes back to sleep. How can I achieve this? Initially a process will be in ...
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daemon causes problem to the device [closed]

Currently I am working on one hardware device and we are calling it as a Unit (there are about 100 units). This Unit is built on Ubuntu 12.04. There is one daemon called dispaly_msg which is used ...
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fail2ban permission denied on script

I've just upgraded from RHEL 5 to 6.5 and setup fail2ban anew. I can't seem to get my custom action to work now, supposedly because of a permission issue. I wan't to know what am I doing wrong, and ...
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Run command when temperature exceeds threshold, without daemon

I need to run a specific command if my laptop gets too hot (for example, send a STOP signal to Firefox or Virtualbox in order to prevent my laptop from shutting down violently and damaging my hard ...
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Start the script with sudo not working [closed]

I am trying to start the virtual machine (ORACLE VIRTUALBOX) using this script (script name: start_vm001.sh). START_VM=`/usr/bin/VBoxHeadless --startvm testvm001` EXECUTE_VM=`exec ...
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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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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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Setting up init.d service daemon priority (with or without monit)

Does anyone know how to change the process priority with monit? I want a high one. Monit config file for my service so far: check process RPiQuadroServer pidfile /var/run/RPiQuadroServer.pid ...
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How to add new elements to PATH for daemons (or other best practices)?

I want to add some scripts for custom administrative work to a Linux server (Ubuntu 12.04). Ultimately those scripts are callback scripts from at least one daemon (PostgreSQL in my case but that ...
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Configuring anonymous rsync daemon

EDIT: I have since found that by using a folder in the root directory, things get a bit further - I can list the subfiles. So it really looks like permissions on the folder are the issue. I'm not ...
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Why programs often fail to run when started by `daemon`?

I do daemon -f -i ./some_gui_program - it starts. I do daemon -i ./some_gui_program - nothing visible happens. Why I can't start GUI programs detached on Linux this way? What's the use of daemon's ...
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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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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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Let users create their own daemons

How do I let server's users create their own daemons? They should auto-start on boot and otherwise behave just like regular daemons but with lower privileges overall. I remember I saw a tool that ...
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Can't terminate PHP daemon process

I've started a PHP daemon process via SSH with php ./my-script.php --daemon Now I want to quit this process, but I can't. It's still active in the foreground of my shell and I've hit CTRL + C ...
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Debian init.d with a working C++ daemon, unexpected results

I am fairly new to programming for Linux, and init.d scripts, and I have a problem with my init.d script adapted from an example I found via a lot of google searching. Instead of getting a status, ...
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Can I safely disable abrtd on CentOS 6?

There is this nice new daemon called abrtd running on CentOS6. This was inherited from upstream RHEL6. There this can be used (for instance) to automatically generate service-requests. In an ...
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How come each program or service has an account of its own in /etc/passwd?

I checked out the /etc/passwd file and I'm surprised to see that there are 35 different accounts, even though I'm the only user on this computer. I see that the accounts have names like mail, news, ...
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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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Daemon - how to tell the start daemon to execute this daemon as different username then root?

I have this startup script, when i launch i have the execution done by username: root, instead of username: sun. How can i tell the start_daemon to execute it as username : sun not root? $ ps aux | ...
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Run Sys V Init daemon as certain user?

When I installed dansguardian from the repos a long time ago, it set itself up such that in iptablesI could refer to it as --uid-owner dansguardian, which allows me to allow/deny it access to certain ...
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Can systemd do some setup before forking as a user?

Having written several small daemons or web applications for my personal use, I like to manage them using systemd (I am using Arch Linux, if that matters). So I write service files like the one below: ...
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How do daemons work?

If a user wants to execute a command, he has to first log in into a system. But some users in the system have /bin/false or /sbin/nologin set as a default shell in the /etc/password file. If I change ...
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IMAP caching proxy for sharing connections

I'm trying to find an IMAP proxy in which multiple clients will share a single connection to the same server. The reason for this is because most mail providers only allow a limited number of IMAP ...
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Cygwin DenyHosts daemon-control file: no such file or directory error

I have been trying to figure out this error and searched everywhere with no luck. I have installed DenyHosts on Cygwin and also the DenyHosts daemon but when I try to start the daemon by typing: ...
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What does this logrotate nginx config do?

In my /etc/logrotate.d/nginx I saw, /var/log/nginx/*.log { daily missingok rotate 52 compress delaycompress notifempty create 640 nginx adm ...
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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 ...