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boss-cli v2.0.0

A node process manager that isn't spanners all the way down

Control your processes like a boss

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A node process manager that isn't spanners all the way down.

Features

  • Monitoring in console
  • Configure user/group to run processes as
  • Auto process restart on crash
  • Log redirection to per process out/err files
  • Web interface with support for monitoring multiple hosts
  • Cluster support

Install

npm install -g process-boss

## Usage

Comprehensive help is available on the command line:

bs --help

and with more detail for each subcommand, e.g.:

bs start --help

The first time you invoke a boss command, the daemon will start in the background. Because boss can run processes as different users, it needs to be able to switch to those users. Consequently you should run boss as root or another privileged user.

list

bs list

Display a list of processes boss has started.

start

bs start [options] <script>

Start a new process.

args

-h, --help                   output usage information
-u, --user <user>            The user to start a process as
-g, --group <group>          The group to start a process as
-i, --instances <instances>  How many instances of the process to start (e.g. cluster mode)
-n, --name <name>            What name to give the process
-a, --argv <argv>            A space separated list of arguments to pass to a process
-e, --execArgv <execArgv>    A space separated list of arguments to pass to the node executable
-d, --debug                  Pause the process at the start of execution and wait for a debugger to be attached
-v, --verbose                Prints detailed internal logging output

e.g.

To start http-server.js as a cluster with two workers, running as alex:staff and with two command line arguments -a foo and -b bar

$ bs start -u alex -g staff -i 2 -argv '-a foo -b bar' http-server.js

restart

Restart a running process

bs restart <pid>

stop

Stop a running process.

bs stop <pid>

kill

Stop all processes and kill the daemon. By default all currently running processes will be saved and restarted when boss restarts.

bs kill

cluster

After starting a process with -i $num (e.g. start ``$num` instances of a script), adjust the number of cluster workers.

bs cluster <pid> <workers>

e.g.

Make process 49308 (previously started with -i 2) run with 4 workers:

$ bs cluster 49308 4

The maximum workers you can set is dependent on your system as num_cpus - 1

send

Send an event to a process

bs send <pid> <event> [args...]

e.g.

In my script

process.on('my:custom:event', function(arg1, arg2) {
  console.info(arg1 + arg2)
})
$ bs send 39823 my:custom:event 1 2
// process 39823 then prints '3' to the logs

heapdump

Make a process dump a heap snapshot for analysis in Chrome's debug tools.

bs heapdump <pid>

gc

Force a process to do garbage collection

bs gc <pid>

signal

Send a signal to a process (n.b. unless you have a listener for that signal, your process will most likely exit)

bs signal <pid> <signal>

e.g.

$ bs signal 3984 SIGINT

logs

Show live logs for a process (or all processes if <pid> is omitted) in the console

bs logs [pid]

dump

Dump a processes.json file of running processes to $CONFIGDIR for use with bs restore

bs dump

restore

Restore running processes from $CONFIGDIR/processes.json

bs restore

remoteconfig

For use with boss-web - see boss-web's setup for more information

bs remoteconfig

useradd

To add a user for boss-web - see boss-web's setup for more information. If you specify [hostname] the configuration output is more likely to be correct.

bs useradd [options] <username> [hostname]

rmuser

To remove a user for boss-web - see boss-web's setup for more information.

bs rmuser <username>

lsuser

To list users for boss-web - see boss-web's setup for more information.

bs lsusers

reset

To reset the secret for a boss-web user - see boss-web's setup for more information.

bs reset <username>

Configure

Boss uses rc so it looks for configuration files in sensible places. The default configuration file looks like:

[boss]
  ; The user the daemon will run as - this user should have sufficient
  ; privileges to spawn new processes and then drop their privileges to
  ; that of other users
  user = root

  ; The group the daemon will run as - if you wish to interact with boss
  ; you should be in this group
  group = staff

  ; Where boss puts log files. Will be created on first run.
  logdir = /var/log/boss

  ; Where the dnode sockets are stored. Will be created on first run.
  rundir = /var/run/boss

  ; Where remote user configuration is stored - should only be accessible
  ; to ${boss.user}
  confdir = /etc/boss

  ; How long we should wait for remote processes to respond
  timeout = 10000

  ; If true, when boss is killed it will dump process info to
  ; ${boss.rundir}/processes.json then, the next time it is started, read
  ; that file in and restart those processes
  autoresume = true

[remote]
  ; If true, Boss will start an https server on ${remote.host}:${remote.port}
  ; to listen for incoming boss-remote connections
  enabled = true

  ; The port Boss will listen on for incoming boss-remote connections
  port = 57483

  ; The host Boss will list on for incoming boss-remote connections
  host = 0.0.0.0

[remote.inspector]
  ; If true, Boss will start an instance of node-inspector in order to debug
  ; processes running on this host
  enabled = true

  ; The port to use for the instance of node-inspector
  port = 0

  ; The host to listen on for the instance of node-inspector
  host = 0.0.0.0

[debug]
  ; Three possible options:
  ;
  ;   1. boolean - false (default) - the daemon process will run as normal
  ;   2. boolean - true - the daemon process will choose a random port and
  ;      wait for a debugger to connect to it
  ;   3. int - the daemon will pause on startup and wait for a debugger to
  ;      connect to the specified port
  ;
  ; n.b. if you change this option you will need to kill and restart the
  ; daemon for it to take effect.

  ; Unless you are debugging Boss itself, you probably want to leave this
  ; as false.
  daemon = false

  ; If true, cluster managers will be started in debug mode when the -d
  ; flag is passed when starting a clustered process, otherwise just the
  ; cluster workers will be started in debug mode.  Unless you are debugging
  ; Boss itself, you probably want to leave this as false.
  cluster = false

See the default config file for more information on the various options.


Discuss: gitter.im/tableflip/boss

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