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From Ian Emmons <>
Subject Re: [daemon] jsvc won't recognize my entry point class
Date Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:00:15 GMT
Update:  I've done some digging in the jsvc source code, and it appears to be at odds with
the documentation [1].  The docs indicate that I can (a) write a Java class that implements
the Daemon interface, or (b) define a class that implements four specific methods (init, start,
stop, destroy, with specific signatures).

If I choose (a), the docs say I needs to put the commons-daemon jar on my classpath (an obvious
requirement), but if I choose (b), then the jar is not needed.  However, the jsvc source code
seems to load the DaemonLoader class in both cases, and so therefore the jar is always required.

Can a someone familiar with the jsvc internals confirm this analysis?  If I am correct, then
I will enter a JIRA issue against the docs.




On Mar 1, 2013, at 4:06 PM, Ian Emmons <> wrote:
> I am trying to use jsvc to launch my program on Ubuntu 12.10 with Java 7:
> $ java -version
> java version "1.7.0_15"
> OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea7 2.3.7) (7u15-2.3.7-0ubuntu1~12.10)
> OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)
> With the -debug flag, jsvc reports that it correctly finds and loads the JVM shared lib:
> /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server/
> At the very end of the log, jsvc reports the following:
> Java VM created successfully
> Cannot find daemon loader org/apache/commons/daemon/support/DaemonLoader
> java_init failed
> I am not surprised that jsvc can't find DaemonLoader, since I only built the native part
of commons-daemon.  However, I thought I understood from the docs that I didn't need DaemonLoader
if the entry point class on the jsvc command line implemented the magic four methods.  The
public interface of my entry point class looks like this:
> public class JettyDaemon {
>   public void init(String[] args) { ... }
>   public void start() { ... }
>   public void stop() { ... }
>   public void destroy() { ... }
> }
> Why does jsvc not load and execute this class directly?  Is there a way to get jsvc to
print diagnostics about the loading process?  Or is it the case that jsvc requires the DaemonLoader
Java class to be available?
> Thanks,
> Ian

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