Provided by: runit_1.4.1-1_i386
runsv - starts and monitors a service and optionally an appendant log
service must be a directory.
runsv switches to the directory service and starts ./run. If ./run
exits and ./finish exists, runsv starts ./finish. If ./finish doesn’t
exist or ./finish exits, runsv restarts ./run.
If ./run or ./finish exit immediately, runsv waits a second before
starting ./finish or restarting ./run.
If the file service/down exists, runsv does not start ./run
immediately. The control interface (see below) can be used to start
the service and to give other commands to runsv.
If the directory service/log exists, runsv creates a pipe, redirects
service/run’s and service/finish’s standard output to the pipe,
switches to the directory service/log and starts ./run (and ./finish)
exactly as described above for the service directory. The standard
input of the log service is redirected to read from the pipe.
runsv maintains status information in a binary format (compatible to
the daemontools’ supervise program) in service/supervise/status and
service/log/supervise/status, and in a human-readable format in
The named pipes service/supervise/control, and (optionally)
service/log/supervise/control are provided to give commands to runsv.
You can use sv(8) to control the service or just write one of the
following characters to the named pipe:
u Up. If the service is not running, start it. If the service
stops, restart it.
d Down. If the service is running, send it a TERM signal, and
then a CONT signal. If ./run exits, start ./finish if it
exists. After it stops, do not restart service.
o Once. If the service is not running, start it. Do not restart
it if it stops.
p Pause. If the service is running, send it a STOP signal.
c Continue. If the service is running, send it a CONT signal.
h Hangup. If the service is running, send it a HUP signal.
a Alarm. If the service is running, send it a ALRM signal.
i Interrupt. If the service is running, send it a INT signal.
q Quit. If the service is running, send it a QUIT signal.
1 User-defined 1. If the service is running, send it a USR1
2 User-defined 2. If the service is running, send it a USR2
t Terminate. If the service is running, send it a TERM signal.
k Kill. If the service is running, send it a KILL signal.
x Exit. If the service is running, send it a TERM signal, and
then a CONT signal. Do not restart the service. If the service
is down, and no log service exists, runsv exits. If the service
is down and a log service exists, runsv closes the standard
input of the log service, and waits for it to terminate. If the
log service is down, runsv exits. This command is ignored if it
is given to service/log/supervise/control.
Example: to send a TERM signal to the socklog-unix service, either do
# sv term /var/service/socklog-unix
# echo -n t >/var/service/socklog-unix/supervise/control
If echo(1) on your systems does not provide the -n option, leave it
out, runsv ignores unknown characters written to the control pipe.
echo(1) usually blocks if no runsv process is running in the service
For each control character c sent to the control pipe, runsv first
checks if service/control/c exists and is executable. If so, it starts
service/control/c and waits for it to terminate, before interpreting
the command. If the program exits with return code 0, runsv refrains
from sending the service the corresponding signal. The command o is
always considered as command u. On command d first service/control/t
is checked, and then service/control/d. On command x first
service/control/t is checked, and then service/control/x. The control
of the optional log service cannot be customized.
If runsv receives a TERM signal, it acts as if the character x was
written to the control pipe.
runsv exits 111 on an error on startup or if another runsv is running
runsv exits 0 if it was told to exit.
sv(8), chpst(8), svlogd(8), runit(8), runit-init(8), runsvdir(8),
Gerrit Pape <firstname.lastname@example.org>