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Well behaved unix daemons for every occasion.

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Well behaved unix daemons for every occasion.

What Is Daemons?

Daemons is a resource library for Python developers that want to create daemon processes.

The idea is to provide the basic daemon functionality while still giving the developer the ability to customize their daemon for any purpose.

Simply import, extend, and start().

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import sys
import logging
import time

from daemons.base import Daemon

class SleepyDaemon(Daemon):

    def run(self):

        while True:


if __name__ == '__main__':

    action = sys.argv[1]

    logging.basicConfig(filename="daemon.log", level=logging.DEBUG)
    d = SleepyDaemon(pidfile='')

    if action == "start":


    elif action == "stop":


    elif action == "restart":


What else does it do?

The daemon classes in this package are simply meant to provide a base for building custom daemons. None of them “do” anything on their own. All daemons define a set of methods that can be overwritten to provide any amount of custom functionality.

Built in to each daemon class is:

  • Pidfile management.
  • Signal trapping.
  • Logging output using Python’s standard lib “logging” module.


Copyright 2013 Kevin Conway

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