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bottledaemon stop/start doesn't work if killed elsewhere


On 11/18/18 1:21 PM, MRAB wrote:> On 2018-11-18 17:50, Adam Funk wrote:
 >> Hi,
 >>
 >> I'm using bottledaemon to run a little REST service on a Pi that takes
 >> input from other machines on the LAN and stores stuff in a database.
 >> I have a cron job to call 'stop' and 'start' on it daily, just in case
 >> of problems.
 >>
 >> Occasionally the oom-killer runs overnight and kills the process using
 >> bottledaemon; when this happens (unlike properly stopping the daemon),
 >> the pidfile and its lockfile are left on the filesystem, so the 'stop'
 >> does nothing and the 'start' gets refusedq because the old pidfile and
 >> lockfile are present.  At the moment, I eventually notice something
 >> wrong with the output data, ssh into the Pi, and rm the two files then
 >> call 'start' on the daemon again.
 >>
 >> Is there a recommended or good way to handle this situation
 >> automatically?
 >>
 > Could you write a watchdog daemon that checks whether bottledaemon is
 > running, and deletes those files if it isn't (or hasn't been for a 
while)?

What if the oom-killer kills the watchdog?

Whatever runs in response to the start command has to be smarter:  if
the pid and lock files exist, then check whether they refer to a
currently running bottledaemon.  If so, then all is well, and refuse to
start a redundant daemon.  If not, then remove the pid and lock files
and start the daemon.