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#!/usr/bin/env ruby
# daemon_with_pidfile
#
# Daemonize, write a pidfile, and exec the remainder of the command line.

def main(pidfile, cmd)
  if middle_pid = Process.fork
    # outer process
    # Do not exit the outer process before the middle process finishes
    Process.waitpid(middle_pid)
    exit $?.exitstatus
  end

  if final_pid = Process.fork
    # middle process
    open(pidfile, 'w') { |f| f.puts final_pid }
    exit
  end

  # Standard daemon things: become session leader, ignore SIGHUP, close stdin.
  Signal.trap("HUP", "IGNORE")
  Process.setsid
  IO.new(0).close

  exec(*cmd)
end

if ARGV.count < 2
  abort "Usage: #$0 pidfile command [args...]"
end

pidfile = ARGV.shift
main(pidfile, ARGV)