herd

A simple wrapper over node cluster for zero-downtime reloads

herd

Herd your child processes! A simple wrapper over node cluster for zero-downtime reloads.

Just pass herd the function to run on the child-processes.

var http = require('http');
var herd = require('herd');
 
herd('server')
  .run(function (){
    http.createServer.listen(8000);
  });

From the terminal, send a SIGHUP signal to gracefully reload the process:

kill -1 1922

We usually keep the master process really small, and never restart it. By default the process will exit after 1 second, but close handlers and custom timeouts can be specified as well.

Create a new herd with title name

Set the timeout before killing a worker in ms. (defaults to 1 second if you don't specify a close handler, otherwise none).

By default, new processes will not be created until a listening event is emitted by the child process (which is the default for servers). Call this flag if you'd rather wait for online event, in the case of your workers which might not ever call net.Server.listen.

Set the number of workers to spawn. Defaults to the number of cpus.

Calls the fn as the worker is as part of the exit handler. Which can be used to perform some type of cleanup before exiting. If a timeout is also specified, the process will exit whenever the first condition is triggered.

 
/**
 * Flush our remaining messages to disk.
 */
 
function close(fn){
  flush(msgs, fn);
}
 
 
herd()
  .close(close)
  .run(run);

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