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Satriani 12-10-2004 04:08 PM

bash script running as daemon
Hi all,

I have written a bash script to ease my administration.
However, what i would like is, whenever i start this program, it will immediately get in the background and "daemonizes". (Meaning, that it will keep running, even if i log out.)

Is this possible with bash-scripts???
If it works as i expected, i would like to run it as service at startup (put it in the rc.d or rc.local orso), but it should also work as executable....

thanks for your help!


Cedrik 12-10-2004 04:12 PM

Did you try to put:
/path/to/your/script &

in /etc/rc.d/rc.local so it start at boot, run in background, and keep running even if you log out

Satriani 12-10-2004 04:13 PM

I see what you mean, however, i want to be able to start it by hand in the first period...

Cedrik 12-10-2004 04:19 PM

You could try your program with & to test it in background, but to keep it running out of the user
session I think you have to run it as root

Satriani 12-10-2004 04:26 PM

Running it as root was the trick i was lookin for! It now works!

thanks Cedrik!

SerfurJ 12-10-2004 04:29 PM

you can use detachtty if you want to run it as a user.

jlliagre 12-10-2004 04:49 PM

or nohup

Satriani 12-14-2004 05:28 PM

Mmm.. how should i run it then?
Should i enter something like that in the script?
If you could give an code-example, that would be great!

twantrd 12-14-2004 11:42 PM

nohup <script-name> &


/bin/bash 12-16-2004 07:39 AM

Since you are using Redhat you have a script handy which will launch a process as a daemon. The script is /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions and you could source that in your script and launch the process like this:

. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions
daemon /path/to/my/script

This is from memory so you should double check the functions script to verify exactly how to call the daemon function.

Cedrik 12-16-2004 08:10 AM

Also, look at this HTTPD server written in sh script. It is a good example of a sh TCP deamon ( Main URL)

Satriani 12-16-2004 05:18 PM

Thanks bin/bash, but i am currently ot using RH, but Slackware... (Should update my profile, as you pointed me to this)

I could look in the script, i have a redhat machine somewhere..... :)

Also followd the link to that sh_httpd but it didn't help me further (yet)

j13ett5 03-29-2011 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by Cedrik (Post 1353533)
Also, look at this HTTPD server written in sh script. It is a good example of a sh TCP deamon ( Main URL)

cute, but it's not a daemon, it appears to be a service that is launched on demand by sometheing like xinetd.

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