respawn

Spawn a process and restart it if it crashes

respawn

Spawn a process and restart it if it crashes.

npm install respawn

It is easy to use

var respawn = require('respawn')
 
var monitor = respawn(['node', 'server.js'], {
  env: {ENV_VAR:'test'}, // set env vars 
  cwd: '.',              // set cwd 
  maxRestarts:10,        // how many restarts are allowed within 60s 
                         // or -1 for infinite restarts 
  sleep:1000,            // time to sleep between restarts, 
  kill:30000,            // wait 30s before force killing after stopping 
  stdio: [...]           // forward stdio options 
})
 
monitor.start() // spawn and watch 

Optionally you can specify the command to to spawn in the option map as command: [...]

If sleep is an array of numbers it will use the value at the position of the current number of restarts as the timeout value. If the number of restarts exceed the length of the array it will use the last value in the array until it hits the maxRestarts.

sleep: [1000, 60000, 60000, 12000, 1000] will wait 1000ms before retrying, then it will wait 60000 before the next retry and so forth.

  • monitor.start() Starts the monitor

  • monitor.stop(cb) Stops the monitor (kills the process if its running with SIGTERM)

  • monitor.status Get the current monitor status. Available values are running, stopping, stopped, crashed and sleeping

  • monitor.on('start') The monitor has started

  • monitor.on('stop') The monitor has fully stopped and the process is killed

  • monitor.on('crash') The monitor has crashed (too many restarts or spawn error).

  • monitor.on('sleep') monitor is sleeping

  • monitor.on('spawn', process) New child process has been spawned

  • monitor.on('exit', code, signal) child process has exited

  • monitor.on('stdout', data) child process stdout has emitted data

  • monitor.on('stderr', data) child process stderr has emitted data

  • monitor.on('warn', err) child process has emitted an error

To do graceful restart simply have your app stop gracefully when receiving SIGTERM and do

// graceful restart (do not wait for old process to die) 
monitor.stop()
monitor.start()
 
// hard restart (wait for old process to die) 
monitor.stop(function() {
  monitor.start()
})

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