Friday, August 9, 2013

linux: demonizing a process and killing it when you want

This is very useful for processes which do not write an PID file. This is extreme stupidness... but it could be work-arounded.

For example I want to start ant kill later the jasmine server, which is started this way:
bundle exec rake jasmine:server --trace

The whole batch script will be:
[ -f tmp/ ] && kill -9 `cat tmp/` && rm tmp/
bundle exec rake jasmine:server --trace &
echo $! > tmp/
sleep 20
bundle exec rake jasmine:run
kill -9 `cat tmp/`

rm tmp/

My strings:
tmp/ - my pid file
bundle exec rake jasmine:server --trace - command to be deamonized
sleep 20 - this ensures time for the server to start
bundle exec rake jasmine:run - my task to be executed on the demonised process

Other information:
[-f file] && command - executes command if file exists
"echo $!" prints the pid of the last command in current console.

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