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Original author(s) Daniel J. Bernstein
Stable release
0.76 / July 12, 2001; 17 years ago (2001-07-12)[1]
Written in C
Operating system Linux,[2] BSD, Unix
Type Init daemon
License Public domain software[3]
Website cr.yp.to/daemontools.html

daemontools is the "seminal process supervision toolkit"[4] written by Daniel J. Bernstein as an improvement to the inittab, /etc/ttys, init.d or rc.local alternatives, providing all of the following features.

  • Easy service installation and removal
  • Easy first-time service startup
  • Reliable restarts
  • Easy, reliable signalling
  • Clean process state
  • Portability

Due to lack of ongoing maintenance for daemontools, newer tools such as runit have subsequently been preferred by some.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bernstein, Daniel (2001-07-12). "How to install daemontools". cr.yp.to. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Tech Tip: Run services in Linux using daemontools". techrepublic.com. TechRepublic. 2004-08-12. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Bernstein, Daniel. "Frequently asked questions from distributors". cr.yp.to. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Purcell, Steve (2007-11-11). "Init Scripts Considered Harmful". sanityinc.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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