Help with RCNG-style startup script.

Lewis Thompson lewiz at
Sun Sep 19 17:33:50 PDT 2004


I am stumped by how to write a startup file for a python app and have it
work right.  Basically I start the app with ``freevo start'' (I betcha
an't guess how to stop it?).  There is no pidfile created (actually,
there is, but I have two other instances (freevo recordserver start,
freevo webserver start) that do not create pidfiles.

  I mentioned these were run by python.  If I grep some ps output we

root  51905  0.0  4.0 18196 15356  p0  S     1:11AM   0:00.60 python -OO /usr/local/lib/python2.3/site-packages/freevo/helpers/
root  51912  0.0  3.0 14464 11596  p0  S     1:11AM   0:00.38 python -OO /usr/local/lib/python2.3/site-packages/freevo/helpers/

root  51916  0.0  0.3  2108 1296  p0  I     1:11AM   0:00.03 xinit /usr/local/bin/freevo -force-fs -- :1
root  51924  0.0  0.9  4420 3560  p0  I     1:11AM   0:00.02 /usr/local/bin/python /usr/local/bin/freevo -force-fs
root  51927  0.0  9.3 37624 35444  p0  S     1:11AM   0:05.57 python -OO /usr/local/lib/python2.3/site-packages/freevo/ -force-fs

The first two are the record and web servers, respectively.  The bottom
three are all part of the main one -- pid 51927.  As you can see all are
python -OO

  I've done my homework and read rc.subr(8).  Basically I'm referring to
procname and interpreter.  I assume that python is my interpreter and
procname is /usr/local/.../ (for the 51927 instances)?
Unfortunately the first line of does not have #!python in any

  Does anybody know how to go about getting the pid of these processes
with the rc.subr-style scripts?  I'm stuck and any help or hints would
be appreciated.  Thanks!


I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.  --Bob Dylan, 1964.
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