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I am trying to launch a java process as a server and then might periodically need to restart/kill it at certain times. Since I use a shell script to launch java jvm(to build classpath), I thought of logging the shell script process id using $$ and then run java as "exec java" so that I can use the logged process id for killing the process and launching the new jvm. Is that the best way to do it? Any feedback?

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In my opinion one of the best ways to launch, control and maintain java processes/daemons is by putting them under control of the tanuki service wrapper, see here for more information: http://wrapper.tanukisoftware.com

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service wrappers sound interesting. I will take a look at Tanuki and other options. –  aditya Oct 18 '11 at 8:38

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