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How should I daemon-ize and "watchdog" it, auto-start on reboot, redirect console output to a log file?

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Used forever as a daemon tool in past projects. It'll automatically restart your node.js scripts if they crash. Also, it can start and manage multiple node processes and maintain a log file for each of them individually. However it doesn't start the scripts on reboot.

Read a couple of times that people were using Upstart to make the initial launch of forever, but i've never used it myself, never had the need to start on boot.

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This is the one of the job of initd or upstart. May be you can use inetd too if it is ok to start it on demand.

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