[erlang-questions] exit status of run_erl

Graham Hay grahamrhay@REDACTED
Wed Apr 19 16:35:02 CEST 2017

You can use Type=notify for your service, and then inform systemd of the
main pid later (like a forking daemon, with a pidfile, once was). That's
how rabbitmq works:


On 19 April 2017 at 06:51, Tom O'Dowd <tpodowd@REDACTED> wrote:

> I’m starting an application using systemd which uses run_erl in daemon
> mode. When I stop the application though by running init:stop(), run_erl
> seems to return an exit status of 1 rather than 0 so I always get a failed
> status for the service rather than an inactive status. I can set
> systemd SuccessExitStatus=1 to have it treat 1 as a success but then if for
> example the erlang node did die, it still gets marked as inactive rather
> than failed.
> Note that if I tell systemd that the MainPID is the pid of the beam
> process rather than run_erl, systemd spits out a warning
>        Supervising process 96669 which is not our child. We'll most likely
> not notice when it exits.
> and sure enough, if you kill beam, systemd doesn’t notice.
> Main issue sees to be that run_erl doesn’t return the exiting VM status
> back as its own status. Currently using 19.2 although will move to 19.3
> shortly.
> Any pointers? Been poking around on Google and this doesn’t seem like a
> common issue so maybe I am doing something wrong.
> Thanks,
> Tom.
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