Daemons for a developer on Mac OS
How I solve the problem of maintaining long-running processes on my laptop
I am a developer and a linux system administrator who needs some daemons on my laptop, time to time. Managing these daemons, remembering their parameters and, most importantly remembering to run them is not an easy task. For all of these I decided to use supervisord.
To get supervisord, my suggestion is first to install python from homebrew and pip install supervisor.
Choose a folder for your supervisord (mine is ~/Can/supervisor/), create a conf.d and childlogs folder in it. For all files below, don’t forget to replace “/Users/canburak/” with your home path. Put the following in supervisor.conf:
supervisor.rpcinterface_factory = supervisor.rpcinterface:make_main_rpcinterface
files = conf.d/*.conf
Fill your conf.d folder with your daemons. An example daemon file conf.d/dovecot.conf is:
Finally, you need the supervisord to start with the system. Put the following to /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.agendaless.supervisord.plist
Add this to launchd: sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.agendaless.supervisord.plist
From now an you can simply add an alias supervisorctl=“supervisorctl -c ~/Can/supervisor/supervisor.conf” to your ~/.bash_profile and command your daemons easily.