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    Control your processes like a boss

    The Guv'nor

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    Noun 1. guvnor - (British slang) boss

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


    • Monitoring via console or web
    • Configure user/group to run processes as
    • Auto process restart on crash
    • Log redirection to per process out/err files
    • Cluster support
    • Monitor process CPU/memory/event loop latency
    • Remotely trigger GC/heap dump
    • Debug remote processes
    • Store exception stack traces and logs for post-crash analysis

    Command line interface


    Use guv (or guvnor if you're not into the whole brevity thing).

     Web interface

    Start the web interface with (can be run without guvnor running in the background - for example if you want to monitor one or more guvnor servers from a different machine that is not running guvnor):

    $ guv-web

    or run the web interface under guvnor itself (please read the guvnor web setup section first!):

    $ guv web



    npm install -g guvnor --unsafe-perm

    Why --unsafe-perm? Guvnor uses a fair few native modules that require access to /root/.npm and /root/.node-gyp when building. At the moment this is the only way to allow access.


    npm's upgrade command is a big angry box of wasps so to be sure, kill guvnor, remove it, reinstall and start it.

    guv kill
    npm remove -g guvnor
    npm install -g guvnor

    For instructions on how to move between breaking versions, see upgrading


    Comprehensive help is available on the command line:

    guv --help

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

    guv start --help

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


    1. Starting and stopping processes
    2. Controlling the Daemon
    3. Managing clusters
    4. Installing and running apps
    5. Remote access and monitoring (e.g. guvnor-web)
    6. Web interface
    7. Web interface - configuration
    8. Web interface - user management
    9. Programmatic access
    10. Programmatic access - local
    11. Programmatic access - remote
    12. Programmatic access - events


    A configuration file if run as root can be placed at /etc/guvnor/guvnor. Take a look at the default configuration file for details.

    If you create a configuration file, it will be merged with the default configuration, so if you only want to override one property, you need only specify one property in your config file.

    Starting guvnor on boot

    Guvnor comes with a sysv init script. To configure it to run on system boot run the following:

    $ sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/node_modules/guvnor/scripts/init/sysv/guvnor /etc/init.d/guvnor
    $ sudo update-rc.d guvnor defaults

    To undo this, run:

    $ sudo update-rc.d guvnor remove
    $ sudo rm /etc/init.d/guvnor


    If you installed node via apt-get install nodejs, you should create a symlink to the nodejs binary:

    $ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

    Also, the init script is probably stored at /usr/lib/node_modules/... instead of /usr/local/lib/node_modules/... - please check your filesystem to be sure.


    See the sample Dockerfile for how to run guvnor with Docker.

    In the Dockerfile there are two variables - GUVNOR_ROOT_SECRET and GUVNOR_USER_SECRET - you should change these to a long random string unique to your install before building the container.

    Once you'd done that, build the container and run it with the commands below. The -p option forwards a port used by guv-web to connect to the instance of guvnor in the container, so forward the port as appropriate to your setup.

    $ sudo docker build -t guvnor .
    $ sudo docker run -p 57484:57483 -d guvnor

    To connect guv-web to your docker container, add something like the below to your guvnor-web-hosts file:

      host = localhost
      port = 57484
      user = root
      secret = GUVNOR_ROOT_SECRET

    ...and to your guvnor-web-users file:

      user = guvnor
      secret = GUVNOR_USER_SECRET

    Replace GUVNOR_ROOT_SECRET and GUVNOR_USER_SECRET with whatever you defined in the Dockerfile.


    Vagrant setup

    It's useful to be able to set up and tear down fresh VMs to do testing, so a Vagrant file is available. It's configured to run Debian Jessie and install the latest versions of Node and Guvnor.

    Once Vagrant is installed, cd into the vagrant directory and run:

    $ vagrant up
    $ vagrant ssh
    $ sudo npm install -g guvnor

    Then when you are done, to shut the machine down exit your SSH session and run:

    $ vagrant destroy


    Install docker on vagrant with

    wget -qO- | sh

    Then cd to /docker and build & run guvnor

    sudo docker build -t guvnor .
    sudo docker run -p 60000-60020:60000-60020 -d guvnor


    See the changelog


    npm i guvnor

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