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clsDaemonize: Create and manage daemon processes on Unix systems

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This class is intended to automate the creation of system daemons proceses under Unix like operating systems or those with POSIX compliant API like Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, etc...

It can fork a new process using the PHP pcntl extension and detach from the starting shell so it can exit without killing the daemon process.

It can maintain a file that stores the daemon process identifier to prevent that more than one copy of the daemon is started.

It also creates a log file to register the daemon activity.

It is also possible register PHP callback functions to handle different types of signals.

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Name: clsDaemonize
Base name: clsdaemonize
Description: Create and manage daemon processes on Unix systems
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License: GNU General Public License (GPL)
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All time rank: 2015
Week users: 3 users
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Group folder image Unix Use of capabilities specific of POSIX, Unix like operating systems View top rated classes

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A daemon is what are usually called the programs that run on their own under Unix/Linux based systems.

Thy usually implement services of handling events that may occur any time. Examples of daemon services include network connection handlers, mail processors, print spoolers, etc..

This class provides a solution that simplifies the implementation common details of operation of daemons, like being able to detach from the shell process that started it and so not end even if the starting process exits, assure that only one copy of the same daemon is running, handle signals that request termination, etc..

Even though running daemon scripts is not the a common use of PHP, this class simplifies the development of new useful daemons that may enhance the value of many PHP applications.

Manuel Lemos

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