Installing Daemontools

Daemontools is a small set of very useful utilities, from Dan Bernstein. They are mainly used for controlling processes, and maintaining logfiles. For more information, please see

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already installed TinyDNS in this guide, please proceed to the next step!

# cd /usr/ports/sysutils/daemontools
# make install clean

If you get a pop-up window when you do this, Just hit TAB and then click OK.

We now need to create the /service directory to get svscan running. We do that by: 

# mkdir /service

You will now want to start the svscan server by running:

# csh -cf '/usr/local/bin/svscanboot &'

If you run ps -auxw | grep svscan, you will or should see something like this:

root 384 0.0 0.0 1652 8 con- I 16Jul05 0:00.01 /bin/sh /command/svscanboot
root 404 0.0 0.0 1244 140 con- S 16Jul05 9:04.68 svscan /service

We now need to tell FreeBSD to start daemontools on startup. Here is the command that tells freebsd to do that:

# echo "csh -cf '/usr/local/bin/svscanboot &'" >> /etc/rc.local

Before we continue on, we want to delete the startup script thats created when we installed daemontools:

# rm /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ 

Now that daemontools is running, we are all done!

Understanding Daemontools

Daemontools controls all the services that run in /services. You can stop, start and restart these services. You can also get status on all the services as follows:

This command restarts /service/qmail-smtpd/log

svc -t /service/qmail-smtpd/log

This command stops /service/qmail-pop3d

svc -d /service/qmail-pop3d

This command starts /service/qmail-send

svc -u /service/qmail-send

This command gives you the status of all the services and logs

svstat /service/* /service/*/log

Thats just a few examples of how to use services. This can and WILL be useful for qmail troubleshooting. Please see How to use services and look at logs for more information.

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