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duende - run a child process as a daemon

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NAME

duende - run a child process as a daemon

DESCRIPTION

duende makes a given child process a daemon. The standard output and standard error of the child process is logged via syslog() with a priority of LOG_ALERT.

USAGE

duende [options] child_process [ arguments passed onto child ]

DETAILS

When duende is invoked, it spawns two processes. In addition to spawning the daemonized child process, duende also spawns a process which reads and logs the standard output of the daemonized process. The parent process stays alive so as to monitor the daemonized process.
duende requires a blank directory named /etc/maradns/logger to run.
Should the parent duende process a HUP signal, duende will restart the child process. Should the daemonized or logging process received an untrapped HUP signal or exit with an exit code of 8, duende will restart the process. Should the daemonized or logging process exit for any other reason, duende will send the logger process a TERM signal and exit. Should the duende parent process receive a TERM or INT signal, duende sends all of its children TERM signals, then exits.
The duende process must be started as the superuser; this is because Duende's intended child processes (maradns and zoneserver) need to bind to privileged ports, and because duende uses a setuid() call to change the user ID of the logging process to the user with ID 66.

OPTIONS

Most of the above behaviour can be configured by command line arguments.
-c|--chroot directory
The log helper process will change its directory and root to this location. This defaults to /etc/maradns/logger .
-i|--ident string
The log helper process will use this string to identify the process when sending messages to syslog. This defaults to log-help .
-p|--pid filename
If this argument is present, the duende parent process will store its pid in this file.
-u|--uid integer
The log helper process will drop its user id to this. This value defaults to 66.
-g|--gid integer
The log helper process will drop its group id to this. This value defaults to 66.
-r|--restart_on integer
The log helper process will restart the child process if it exists with this status code. This defaults to 8.

LOGGING

duende uses the syslog() facility to log the standard output of the program that it invokes. The name of the program (in other words, the "ident" given to openlog()) defaults to log-helper but can be overridden with the --ident argument. All messages created by the child process are sent to syslog() with a priority of LOG_ALERT and a "facility" of LOG_DAEMON (daemon.info in /etc/syslog.conf). Should duende itself encounter an error, it will send messages to syslog() with a priority of LOG_ALERT.
Also, the directory /etc/maradns/logger, while used by duende, is not used to store any log messages. That is unless, for some reason, one configures syslog to store messages there.

EXAMPLES

Using duende to start maradns, where the mararc file is /etc/mararc.2
 
duende maradns -f /etc/mararc.2
 
Using duende to start zoneserver, where the mararc file is /etc/mararc.4
 
duende zoneserver -f /etc/mararc.4
 

BUGS

Duende assumes that all of its children are well-behaved, eating their vegetables, going to bed when told, and terminating when receiving a TERM signal.

SEE ALSO

maradns(8), syslog(3)
 
 
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AUTHOR

Duende and this man page are written by Sam Trenholme. D Richard Felker III provided some invaluable assistance with the piping code which duende uses.
 
duende January 2003