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Is there a way to run supervisord itself in foreground mode? or is there another application that can run/supervise multiple applications and shut them down when itself receives a SIGTERM or equivalent.

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Did you even attempt to find this out on your own? – wfaulk May 9 '12 at 16:02
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From the supervisord man page:

 -n, --nodaemon     Run supervisord in the foreground.
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Take a look at runit: I am using it for several years now.

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