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Old 07-18-2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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Problem monitoring JRun 4 processes via inittab (respawning too fast) - RHEL3 U4

Hi all,

- RedHat Enterprise 3 Update 4 (Taroon)
- JRun 4 Updater 4
- Kernel 2.4.21-27.ELsmp

I am attempting to monitor an instance of JRun 4 Updater 4 appserver by adding the following to /etc/inittab:

jd1:35:respawn:/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/jrun -config /home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.config -nohup -start myapp 1>/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.out 2>/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.err &

I intend to have init check that the process is running, and respawn it if it is not. I have tried executing the line "/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/jrun -config /home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.config -nohup -start myapp 1>/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.out 2>/home/appserv/jrun4/bin/myapp.err &" as root to imitate the way init runs it. That seems to work fine.

However, if I reload the /etc/inittab file (using "init q") I get the following error in the /var/log/messages file:

Jul 18 16:14:24 ops-testing init: Re-reading inittab
Jul 18 16:14:24 ops-testing init: Id "jd1" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

As I said, the actual process runs OK, so it's not as if it crashes, attempts to restart, crashes again, then pasuses for 5 minsutes as stated in the log above. It also doesn't fork, so it doesn't lose track of the parent process: when I run it from the command line, the single process that runs has a parent process ID which is the same as the bash shell from where I run it.

[EDIT 1] I also tried running Jrun without sending it to the background (I also did that with the simple daemon). Same problem [EDIT 1]

[EDIT 2]Incidentally the process does start but the fact that it won't be checked for 5 minutes is what bothers me.[EDIT 2]

I've tried running simple non-forking daemons in the same way. They have the same problem.

Could anyone shed any light on why init is not respawning a simple daemon properly, and also how I could work around it?

Many thanks,
Jon Daniels

Last edited by jdaniels73; 07-18-2006 at 12:32 PM.
Old 07-18-2006, 12:01 PM   #2
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Why don't you add JRun to your init scripts. (/etc/rc.local or /etc/rc.d)
Old 07-18-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by mrcheeks
Why don't you add JRun to your init scripts. (/etc/rc.local or /etc/rc.d)
I do have Jrun listed in the init scripts list, but my understanding is that having it in there won't instantly restart Jrun in the event of it stopping, which is what I want.

Old 08-09-2006, 08:37 AM   #4
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My workaround for this is to use DJB's 'daemontools' (I use v0.76) - initially daemontools tried to rerun too many instances of the appserver at once, much like inittab, but here's a neat run script that I used for Apache monitoring also (should be usable for any process):


# get the pidno[s] of the process[es] you want to monitor
pidno=$( ps ax | grep <MYRPOCESSNAME> | grep -v grep | grep -v supervise)

# only execute if no process no. found
if [ -z $pidno ]; then
        exec 2>&1
        echo "Starting MYPROCESS instance"
        # maybe put snmptrap commands here
        exec /path/to/<MYPROCESSNAME> -arg1 
The only oddity here is the value of the C field (if you do ps -ef | grep <MYPROCESSNAME>) comes up as a gradually decreasing value. I am under the impression that this field is obsolete so I am unsure how much of a problem this is.


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