[erlang-questions] What happens on TERM?

Siraaj Khandkar <>
Fri Oct 26 19:47:06 CEST 2012

On Oct 26, 2012, at 1:31 PM, Dominic Williams wrote:

> Hi Daniel,
> Le 25 oct. 2012 à 20:07, Daniel Dormont a écrit :
>> Or, more precisely: I am running an Erlang VM as a daemon on Linux, with a number of applications (Ejabberd and its various dependencies such as Mnesia, specifically). When I issue a shutdown command on the machine, is there a way to have the Erlang VM receive a signal and cleanly shutdown all running applications? Or do I need to use some kind of custom script (for example, Ejabberd includes ejabberdctl which has a stop command, so I guess I could issue that and wait a bit before halting)?
> I don't believe it is possible to catch the OS signals sent to the VM itself. You could write a port program that would catch its own and send them to your Erlang application... however this is complicated.
> What we do with embedded (daemon) Erlang applications is to have a Linux /etc/init.d script to start, stop and restart it. Then, if you configure this correctly, your daemon will be started automatically at boot time and shutdown cleanly too.
> Generating an Erlang release (by hand or with rebar) provides the necessary commands to make writing such a init.d script easy.
> Alternatively you could look at the Yaws distribution (especially using e.g. the Debian package), which provides all this, including the init.d script, so you can see how it's done.

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Siraaj Khandkar

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