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?
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